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Time to Prepare for New Employment Laws

By Jenna Reed, VP of HR Services and General Counsel
Cascade Employers Association
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The end of the year is approaching fast, which means new employment laws will be taking effect. The 2019 changes are significant and complex and will carry over into 2020 and beyond. Attend our Compliance Update to make sure you have the knowledge and tools you need to meet your employment compliance obligations.

Our Annual Compliance Update will cover many important topics:

  • Workplace Fairness Act
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Pregnancy and Reasonable Accommodations
  • Rest Periods for the Expression of Milk
  • Equal Pay Law Fix
  • New FLSA Overtime Rules (salary threshold)
  • Non-Compete Law Change
  • EEO-1 Changes
  • I-9 Changes
  • DOL Opinion Letters
  • And much more including several important court decisions.

Space is limited, so please register now for our Annual Compliance Update in Portland on December 3 or in Springfield on December 10 to learn how all of these changes impact your workplace. Please also share this with anyone in your network that you think could benefit from this update.

We hope to see you at one of these sessions!


Paying Employees Correctly After a Time Change

By Bethany Wright, HR Consultant
Cascade Employers Association
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It’s that time again. Time for that “extra hour” of sleep. On Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 a.m., Daylight Savings time ended and our clocks bounced back to 1:00 a.m., giving us an hour more of sleep or more time for festivities or work, depending on what we are doing.

But what does it mean for paying employees?

For employers who have graveyard shift employees, you need to ensure employees are paid for the correct number of hours. Any employee working when the time changes at 2:00 a.m., and continues to work after, will have worked the hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. twice. This means you must pay them for that extra hour of time.

Be sure to carefully review employee time records this pay period to ensure proper payment of wages and avoid a costly claim.


Five Things You May Not Know About Transition Projects –
Featured Member

By Gayle Gilham, President
Cascade Employers Association
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For 50 years, this Portland area nonprofit has delivered life-saving and life-changing assistance to some of the City’s most vulnerable residents. Did you know....

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  1. The Transition Projects story began on November 1, 1969, when a young priest, Reverend Gilbert N. Lulay, leased a hotel on the corner of NW 2nd and Couch in Portland’s Old Town to house homeless men. Since then, Transition Projects has continued to be a place where people experiencing homelessness can find support. With five decades of experience providing shelter, housing and supportive services for very low-income people, this agency is now recognized across the region for work with veterans, women, people with disabilities, and other highly vulnerable groups.

  2. Recognizing the value of the lived experience of homelessness, the agency runs a state-certified Mentor Program, supporting both the professional development of formerly homeless individuals (Mentors) and providing essential peer services to persons experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction (Mentees). Since 2011, the program has graduated more than 200 Mentors.

  3. In 2012, after decades of serving veterans in shelters, Transition Projects became the leading agency in Oregon helping veterans and their families return to permanent housing through the federally-funded Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. In 2013, they joined in the Obama administration’s national challenge to end veteran homelessness and expanded their efforts to the four-county Metro-Area. By 2016, with Transition Projects playing a lead role, Portland was recognized by the federal government for having effectively ended veteran homelessness. Portland was the only city to reach this designation on the West Coast.

  4. With Portland area rents rising by 13% in 2016, over three times the national average, the City of Portland declared a state of emergency around housing and homelessness. By February 2017, 4,177 adults experienced homelessness in Multnomah County alone. Nearly 40% of those people were unsheltered. With the support of Transition Projects, in 2018 more than 1,100 formerly homeless people found safe, affordable housing throughout the Metro-Area.

  5. Today, Transition Projects operates across 10 unique sites. Started by a handful of volunteers, the agency has grown to its current team of over 300 employees who serve 10,000 people each year. Their team of over 800 volunteers accounts for 31,000+ service hours annually. The agency is the largest provider of publicly funded shelter services in Oregon. On any given night, they shelter more than 800 people, including women, men and couples. Finally, through their Resource Center, they serve 500-600 unique individuals daily, 365 days-a-year, with services ranging from hygiene and medical support to shelter and housing assistance.

Cascade is proud to feature this member, remaining driven by their mission to help people experiencing homelessness transition to housing.


Hot Compliance Question

By Caitlin Egeck, JD, HR and Compliance Consultant
Cascade Employers Association
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Question: How often do I really need to update my employee handbook?

Answer: Due to the fact that employment laws are continually changing and those changes impact company policies and practices, we recommend updating your employee handbook on an annual basis. If you make changes to single policies during the year, simply republish those policies at the time they take effect. In both situations, obtain new employee handbook acknowledgement sheets to verify your employees have received the new policy or the updated handbook.

Since a lot new of employment laws are taking effect at the beginning of the year, now is a great time to update your employee handbook. Contact me to get started!


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