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Legislation is being introduced to prohibit forced arbitration clauses!

While it is always uncertain what legislation can get passed (particularly when you have shared control with the Democrats in control of the house and the Republicans in control of the Senate), it is good to see that there is now some push being made to restore some worker rights vis a vis their employers.
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Legislation is being introduced to prohibit forced arbitration clauses!2018-11-15T13:07:14+00:00

For the workers’ compensation system, the election outcomes were good.

I am sure that everyone else is as glad as I am that the election is over, and therefore we don’t need to spend all of our TV time watching ads for candidates and causes. For the workers’ compensation system, the election outcomes were good. We will have the opportunity to influence the workers’
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For the workers’ compensation system, the election outcomes were good.2018-11-13T09:51:50+00:00

Unions, unfortunately, are shrinking in this country!

It has been interesting to watch how the regulation of employment has changed over the last two years. Despite promises during the campaign, this administration has not protected workers, and in fact, has worked pretty hard to assist employers in dealing with employees. It is critical to remember that even in a tight labor market,
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Unions, unfortunately, are shrinking in this country!2018-10-24T13:16:54+00:00

This administration continues its relentless march toward repealing safeguards!

ON THE U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT’S FALL REGULATORY AGENDA Following is a statement from Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project: Posted October 17, 2018 “In the Fall Regulatory Agenda released by the U.S. Department of Labor today, the Trump administration continues its relentless march toward repealing safeguards designed to protect the
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This administration continues its relentless march toward repealing safeguards!2018-10-24T15:22:58+00:00

The statute of limitations sets out the time limits – What you need to know!

In virtually every compensation scheme, there are, what lawyers refer to as, statute of limitation. The statute of limitations sets out the time limits under which claims can be filed. It is presumed that people know their rights and obligations (even when it is usually not true). Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Act is no different.
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The statute of limitations sets out the time limits – What you need to know!2018-10-24T14:28:11+00:00

Oregon’s Workers Compensation System – Skewed Toward Employers!

In Oregon’s workers compensation system, insurers and self-insured employers rely on so called independent medical evaluators (IME’s). These are doctors, usually retired from the normal practice of taking care of people, who evaluate injured workers. These doctors provide opinions regarding the compensability (work relatedness) of claims and evaluate the disability that is a consequence
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Oregon’s Workers Compensation System – Skewed Toward Employers!2018-09-27T09:46:41+00:00

This Court is poised to become more business friendly than any Court since the 1930’s.

It is easy to ignore national current events. Particularly, the Supreme Court. The current fight about the life time appointment to the United States Supreme Court will have a significant effect on all consumers, and simply regular people. This Court is poised to become more business friendly than any Court since the 1930’s. The
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This Court is poised to become more business friendly than any Court since the 1930’s.2018-09-26T15:30:22+00:00

Celebrating our Labor Day weekend, remember to thank the folks at Organized Labor!

As we prepare to celebrate (or come back from celebrating) our Labor Day weekend, please remember to thank the folks at Organized Labor. Many people have mixed emotions about the organized labor movement and unions in general, but we mustn’t forget that it is because of organized labor that we have child labor laws
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Celebrating our Labor Day weekend, remember to thank the folks at Organized Labor!2018-09-26T15:30:31+00:00

Illegal Immigration is a Very Hot Topic These Days

Illegal immigration is a very hot topic these days, and it is a very divisive one. As you can see here, however, it is not only immigrants who are attempting to take advantage of being in this country illegally. Here is an example of one employer whose business model apparently included deliberately hiring illegal immigrants,
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Illegal Immigration is a Very Hot Topic These Days2018-09-26T15:30:40+00:00

Drones May Be Watching Injured Workers!

I’ve had the pleasure of representing injured workers in Oregon for 36 years now. I have watched with some fascination (and some horror) as technology has drastically changed both the practice of law and the way insurers process workers’ compensation claims. From the very beginning, I have encountered insurance companies who conduct surveillance on
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Drones May Be Watching Injured Workers!2018-09-26T15:30:49+00:00