Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Whether you do business as a sole proprietor, are a shareholder in closely held corporation, a member of an LLC, or operate a public company as an officer or director, creating and maintaining good business processes can help limit your business’s internal and external liabilities.…

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

If your business engages in the sale of “real estate, goods, or services” or collection matters in Oregon, your business is subject to statutory consumer protections contained in Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA), ORS 646.605, et. al.  The UTPA contains broad enforcement authority and…

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or someone looking for work, the classification of a person as an “employee” or an “independent contractor” is extremely important for practical, cost, and liability reasons.  In addition, most legal protections afforded to employees do not…

Employment Law Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

Employment Law Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

In our current environment of low unemployment, you hopefully will not hear the words: “You Are Fired!”  But, with new competition in hiring, American employers terminate current employees for many reasons.  Both employers and employees should understand related risks and responsibilities and protect themselves in…

What it Means for Employees in an "At Will" Employment State like Oregon

What it Means for Employees in an "At Will" Employment State like Oregon

Oregon is an “At Will” employment state, which generally means that either an employee or an employer may terminate an employment relationship with or without cause at any time.  There is an exception to “At Will” employment if a contract of employment exists between an…

Who Can I Contact to Discuss My Legal Issues with in Oregon and Washington?

Who Can I Contact to Discuss My Legal Issues with in Oregon and Washington?

If you live in Oregon or Washington, you may be looking for an attorney.  However, like many people, you may not know who to talk to contact.  We recommend you talk first with trusted friends and colleagues to see if they can make an appropriate…