Some Bad News on Horizon for Oregon Employers in 2008
The Oregon Legislature plans to meet in 2008 for a "supplemental" session beginning February 4th. The Legislature will most likely try to steer clear of controversial and potentially time-consuming issues, especially in an election year.
That's good news for employers when it comes to issues such as California-style paid family and medical leave, a potential nightmare for Oregon companies. However, this steer-clear mentality will leave employers hanging when it comes to badly needed fixes, such as the proposed bill that would clarify an employer's right to terminate workers affected by medical marijuana. Don't expect any significant employment developments from state legislators.
This article appeared in the January 4, 2008 issue of the Daily Journal of Commerce - Portland, OR.