Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and Other Agency Investigations
Represent employers in responding to agency investigations and complaints filed by employees, including claims for harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and other employment law violations. Also represent employers in responding to other state and federal agency investigations, complaints, or fine assessments.
Assist employers with drafting, updating, and enforcing their employee handbooks to remain current with the often-changing legal landscape. Regular updates, routine circulation, and consistent enforcement are key to increasing employee morale and reducing the risk of employee claims or grievances.
Discipline and Termination Procedures
Counsel employers through the disciplinary process, including documentation procedures, messaging, and when appropriate termination of employment.
Executive Employment Agreements
We drafted and negotiated an ongoing employment agreement, restrictive covenants and other contractual obligations for a key shareholder as part of the redemption of shares in a real estate investment company. The company wanted the shareholder to redeem his shares, but also wanted him actively participating in the business. Through this, we assisted with business succession planning and assuring continuity of management.
We represent employers and employees in the negotiation of Executive Employment Agreements, including as part of the merger/acquisition process or are part of key employee retention programs. Agreements often include discussions of noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure obligations, as well as intellectual property ownership, as well as restrictions on termination of employment except for cause.
Separation Agreement and Release
When the time comes to part ways, we represent employers and employees in drafting and negotiating Separation Agreements, which allow both parties to move forward. We recently represented an Oregon employee in the creative industry in negotiating a severance from a large, out-of-state employer using laws unique to Oregon employees.
Advise clients regarding proper classifications under federal and state wage and hour laws and as between employees and independent contractors to avoid costly back wages, penalties, and fines.
Assist employers with the interactive process of exploring reasonable accommodations for employees covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.