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MAY 2020


In This Issue:

COVID-19 Resources

Keyboard with Coronavirus ButtonAs the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, Cascade is still extremely committed to continually updating and supporting employers on an ongoing basis as new information emerges. Our COVID-19 Resource Center has numerous news alerts, FAQs, web resources, sample policies and documents, factsheets, webinars and much more.

As a reminder, this website is updated daily, so please be sure to check it out and share with your network.

Our April Alerts include:

Oregon Employment Department Issues Guidance Regarding Return to Work and UI Questions

Oregon Lifting Some Restrictions and More Federal Funding

DOL Clarifies Unemployment Insurance Benefit Eligibility Under CARES

SAIF Offers Coronavirus Worker Safety Fund for Policyholders

DOL Publishes Rules Implementing the FFCRA

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Required Documentation for EFML and EPSL

BOLI Issues Emergency Exemption to Maximum Working Hours in Certain Manufacturing Establishments


Is COVID-19 Impacting Your Staffing and Compensation Decisions?

By Lindsay Hill, CCP, GRP, Director, Compensation Services
Cascade Employers Association
[email protected]

Whether you are offering hazard pay, reducing pay, restructuring or laying off, be sure that you are looking at all staffing and compensation decisions through a pay equity lens to avoid any adverse impact. As part of Oregon’s Equal Pay Act, it is unlawful for an employer in Oregon to pay wages or other compensation to any employee at a rate greater than that at which the employer pays wages or other compensation to employees for work of comparable character (jobs with substantially similar knowledge, skill, effort, responsibility, and working conditions).

Be sure with any changes that you are taking a holistic view of staff to confirm that changes are being applied equitably. If the current unfortunate circumstances result in workforce reductions, it can be a simplified time to complete a pay equity analysis with the smaller staff count and to correct any disparities when rehiring.

If you need guidance on how best to handle any of these situations, reach out to Cascade’s Compensation Team today.


Survey Results: COVID-19 Workplace Realities Survey

By McKenna Arnold, Survey and Research Manager
Cascade Employers Association
[email protected]

Cascade recently launched the COVID-19 Workplace Realities Survey to collect and analyze data on the business impacts of COVID-19 and how businesses are responding to Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order. Please click here to view the final results of the survey, which closed April 17.

Reflecting responses from 156 organizations in the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors, the results provide information about business continuity plans, CARES Act impacts, FFCRA usage, and more. Results of the survey show:

  • 66% of respondents are moderately to extremely concerned about the impact on human resources
  • 74% of respondents are moderately to extremely concerned about the impact on business continuity
  • Majority of respondents (70%) have seen little to no impact on their workforce capabilities from the “Stay Home, Save Lives” order
  • 42% of respondents have 50% or more of their employees working from home (that normally do not)

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Our team is prepared to answer your questions.


Hot Compliance Questions

By Caitlin Egeck, JD, HR and Compliance Consultant
Cascade Employers Association
[email protected]

In the month of April alone, we added over 30 hot compliance questions, for a grand total of 100 COVID-19 FAQs.

Check them all out here.


Five Things You May Not Know About Cat Adoption Team – Featured Member

By Gayle Gilham, President
Cascade Employers Association
[email protected]

CSNW Benefits LogoWith over 20 years of experience and more than 50,000 adoptions, this organization knows cats! Did you know ...

  1. In the late ‘90s, county shelters in the Portland area were overrun with lost, stray, and surrendered cats. Euthanasia rates were high. Adoption numbers were low. Homeless cats didn’t have many options. On May 1, 1998, with 35 cats for adoption and a dream to save more lives, a small private shelter opened its doors. That shelter was Cat Adoption Team (CAT).
  2. By the end of its first year of operation, CAT had found homes for 219 cats. The adoption numbers and shelter population more than doubled in 1999, and during the following year, CAT celebrated its 1,000th adoption. In 2002, CAT became the first animal shelter in the Pacific Northwest to open an onsite veterinary hospital.
  3. In the mid-2000s, CAT upgraded to stainless steel kennels. Later, in 2014, they further updated this housing to give twice as much space to each cat. In 2019, a full kennel upgrade project was completed, increasing safety, improving disease control and appearance, and reducing noise in the shelter.
  4. Today, CAT is a nationally recognized, professional nonprofit. Their multiple adoption rooms, onsite hospital, private intake area, and offices fill about 16,000 square feet — all in the same building where they got their start!
  5. Working collaboratively with other animal shelters, rescue groups, and veterinarians — and with the support of cat lovers, adopters, volunteers, and donors — CAT has helped transform the Portland metro area into one of the safest in the nation for homeless cats.

Cascade is proud to feature Cat Adoption Team, now helping over 3,000 homeless cats and kittens find loving new families each year.


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