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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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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