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New Year, 7 New Laws in Oregon: What You Need to Know Going Into 2016

Oregon decided to participate in New Year’s resolutions this year. As the season becomes colder, Oregon employers will be required to follow a host of new laws passed by the state legislature that will significantly affect the workplace. These laws, which go into effect Jan. 1, 2016, pertain to all restaurants, hotels, and food and beverage companies doing… Continue Reading

Berkeley’s Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers need to know about the Berkeley “Sugar Tax”

According to its backers, the Berkeley “Sugar Tax” is the future of sugar in America.  Berkeley’s Measure “D,” which garnered an overwhelming 75% “yes” vote, imposes a general excise tax of $0.01 per ounce on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages and the sweeteners used to sweeten such drinks:  this amounts to a 12 cent tax on… Continue Reading

Health Care Reform: Strike Two!

By Sarah Bhagwandin, Davis Wright Tremaine

On Jan. 31, 2011, yet another federal district court, this one in Virginia, ruled that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the “Act”) is unconstitutional.  That makes three for two: three federal courts that have ruled in favor of the… Continue Reading