Aug 9, 2018

How to Start a Business in Oregon

StartupIf you’re thinking of starting a business in Oregon but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what you will need to do to establish a business entity such as a corporation and to then prepare that entity for business, you should check out the video series on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Accompanying the videos is an “Xpress Business Startup Toolkit” to help you better navigate the process.

Even if you’re already … Read more

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Aug 7, 2018

A Great Lesson for Employers, Courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Education

In a 9th circuit case from Hawaii, a teacher sued the school she worked at for discrimination due to alleged disparate treatment based on her sex and race, hostile work environment, and retaliation. She claimed that she had been retaliated against for reporting harassment.

What happened? 

The employee claimed that she was frequently harassed and degraded by students on the basis of her race (white) and her sex (female). She alleged that students called … Read more

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Jul 31, 2018

Where’s My Paycheck?

Oregon laws require that employers pay employees at least once every 35 days. Oregon law also dictates that employees should be paid on time and be paid the full amount that they are owed each payday – what a revolutionary idea!

What happens if your employer deducts pay from your paycheck?

Generally, your employer cannot withhold money from your paycheck. The big exceptions may not surprise you:

  • If the employer is required to do so
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Jul 30, 2018

The Geezer Gallery Revisited

We are delighted to announce that we have once again partnered with The Geezer Gallery, a nonprofit art organization featuring juried artwork created by local artists aged 60 and above, to exhibit works of art in our offices.  The initial installation was a hit and the second installation is now complete!  Come visit our offices to view art pieces from featured artist Melody Cleary, a painter and papers artist:

Featured artist Tekoah Buchanan, a … Read more

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Jul 24, 2018

LEGAL ASSISTANT’S CORNER: Time is Always of the Essence

StopwatchesLegal assistants have chosen a career where time is always of the essence.  We understand that the matters we work on daily are often among the most important problems that will occur in our clients’ lives.  Everything in our work world comes with strict deadlines and a lot of pressure to get it done right, on time and without unnecessary expense to clients.  In a word, we deal with loads of stress every single day.… Read more

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Jun 14, 2018

Mutually Nonconsensual Sex and Title IX

As we all know, at the urging of the Department of Education and under the weight of Title IX, colleges and universities have taken on the role of sexual referees with the power to investigate and adjudicate the sexual interactions of students as their inquisitors deem best.  But what happens when both parties to a student sexual encounter deny that they consented to any intimate contact?

Two University of Cincinnati students got drunk and apparently … Read more

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Jun 12, 2018

Getting Fired in Oregon

GTime to say goodbyeetting fired or losing your job is never easy and it can be especially difficult if you were fired or terminated for reasons that are unjust or discriminatory. Oregon and federal law have many protections regarding discrimination and firing. Read on to get the “lay of the land” regarding Oregon law with respect to wrongful termination.

At the most basic level an employer can discharge an employee at any time and for any reason … Read more

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Jun 8, 2018

Even the Largest Rabbit May Not Be Worth Much Dead

RabbitHave you ever wondered how big is a really big rabbit?  Apparently, a really big rabbit is really big as an Iowa case now pending in federal court has brought to light.  In that case the plaintiffs are claiming damages for the death of Simon, a 10-month-old rabbit that had already grown to more than 3 feet in length.  The story of both the litigation and Simon are most recently linked here.

However, Simon … Read more

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May 25, 2018

LATIN LESSONS: Per Se

The Latin term “per se” peppers many conversations though it is often used incorrectly.

The literal translation of per se is “by itself”; however, many Americans use it as a synonym for “quite” and “exactly”.  The phrase is so misused that it has won an entry in Urban Dictionary.  When utilized correctly the phrase pinpoints a single element of a larger thing, e.g., I didn’t enjoy the movie per se, but the cinematography was … Read more

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May 18, 2018

LATIN LESSONS: Et Al., Etc. and Inter Alia

The terms “et al.”, “etc.” and “inter alia” are similar, though different in meaning.

Et al. is an abbreviation for et alia (neutral), et alii (masculine) or et aliae (feminine).  When translated from Latin, it means “and others”. Etc. is an abbreviation for et cetera (commonly written without the space in English), translated from Latin as “and the rest”.  The literal Latin translation for inter alia is “among other things”.

Et al. is used at … Read more

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