Oct 17, 2018

A Tribute to Lawrence B. Hunt: January 30, 1950 – October 10, 2018

Empty office chairWe are deeply saddened to announce that Larry Hunt unexpectedly passed away of a heart attack on Wednesday October 10, 2018. Larry was greatly respected among his colleagues, beloved by his friends and treasured by his family.  He is survived by his wife, two of his brothers, his children and his grandchildren as well as numerous extended family members of which he considered his employees a part of.

Larry was born and raised primarily in … Read more

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Oct 3, 2018

What to Do After You are Involved in an Accident

Car crashYou are driving home from work after a busy day speeding down the road when, all of a sudden, another car pops out of nowhere right in front of you so you slam on the brakes, but it’s too late and your vehicles smash together. Now what?

STEP 1

Stop the car. You don’t want to make an accident worse by leaving the scene. Aside from it being morally and ethically wrong, leaving the scene … Read more

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Sep 28, 2018

What You Need to Know About Family Leave

Medical itemsWhether you are sick, injured, or pregnant it is important to know the basics of family leave.  The two most important statutes are the Oregon Family Leave Act (“OFLA”) and the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The OFLA is specific to Oregon and is similar to the FMLA, which is the federal version. The following are answers to commonly asked questions:

Am I eligible to take leave?

To be eligible under the FMLA you must … Read more

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Sep 25, 2018

LEGAL ASSISTANT’S CORNER: Safeguard Yourself Against Burnout

BurnoutBeing a legal assistant is a high stress position.  We are the last step in a long line of steps that ensures pleadings and documents get filed and out on time to whomever they need to go. Everyone wants everything done yesterday, even if they only got their part of it to you ten minutes ago.  It’s commonplace for us to take on all responsibility for a project and get it done in an … Read more

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Sep 18, 2018

Deposition FAQs, Tips and Tricks

 

You have been called upon to give sworn testimony via deposition.  Thorough preparation on your part is essential. Following are answers to frequently asked questions along with some tips and tricks to make your deposition go smoothly.

DEPOSITION FAQ’s

  • What is a deposition?

A deposition is the process of giving sworn testimony. It is an opportunity for a lawyer to examine a witness or party under oath.

  • Who can be deposed?

Any person (or … Read more

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Aug 31, 2018

The BOLI Complaint Process

ArrowRegardless of whether you are the employee or an employer involved in a Bureau of Labor and Industries (“BOLI”) complaint process, it can be unnerving. The best way to face your trepidation is to fully understand your rights, responsibilities, and the overall process. The following is a guide to the various parts of a BOLI complaint.

Step One: The Complaint

The employee usually contacts BOLI via the telephone and talks to an Intake Officer. If … Read more

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Aug 29, 2018

Sovereign Immunity – A License for Abuse?

At what point is it no longer appropriate for government officials to hide behind sovereign immunity in order to get away with committing crimes?  Check out a recent abuse of power story involving Alabama sheriffs pocketing funds earmarked to feed inmates leaving inmates underfed and/or fed unfit food.

What is sovereign immunity?

“Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects a sovereign body (ie, the federal or state government and their respective agencies) from being … Read more

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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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