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July 6, 2022
by Courtney Kreutz

Rising Gas Prices Warrant Increase in Mile Reimbursement Rate in Oregon

The Oregon Workers Compensation Division issued a Revised Bulletin No. 112 and an updated Form 3921 (Request for Reimbursement of Expenses), to address increasing gas…

February 23, 2022
by Omeed Ghaffari

Applying Dispositive Motions to Presumption Claims in Washington

The Hanford Presumption was created in HB 1723 back in March of 2018. It created a presumption that certain diseases and conditions, enumerated in RCW…

February 2, 2022
by Elyse Lopez

Take Note: Potential Implications for Oregon COVID Claims?

The Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Rogers v. Corvel Enterprise Comp. Inc., 317 Or App 116 (2022) that could have negative implications…

October 19, 2021
by Megan Vaniman

Oregon Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers and Educators in Effect on October 18

Governor Brown’s vaccine mandate for Oregon health care workers and educators went into effect earlier this week. On August 19, 2021 Governor Brown implemented  a…

October 13, 2021
by Hannah Teig

Potential Changes to Oregon Time Loss Rules Coming?

The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) is currently in the process of drafting a bill with proposed changes to ORS…

September 15, 2021
by Andrew Evenson

Oregon Court of Appeals issues favorable decision for employers regarding combined condition processing

Under ORS 656.005(7)(a)(B), “if an otherwise compensable injury combines at any time with a preexisting condition to cause or prolong disability or a need for…

August 27, 2021
by Jamie Carlton

Is Your Organization Considering Mandating the COVID Vaccine for Employees? What You Need to Know.

Earlier this month, The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it will soon mandate that all health care providers and personnel be fully vaccinated against COVID-19….

August 18, 2021
by Kevin Anderson

Oregon In-Person Workers’ Compensation Hearings Appear to Remain on Hold

It was only a few weeks ago vaccination rates were increasing, businesses were reopening to the public, and people were starting to return to their…

August 13, 2021
by Randi Ensley

Oregon Health Authority Issues Temporary Rule Requiring Masks Be Worn Indoors Statewide

In response to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that indoor mask use…

May 7, 2021
by Jamie Carlton

COVID Reopening: Can (and should) Oregon Employers Require Employees to be Vaccinated?

As businesses reopen and bring back employees who have been working remotely, many employers are wondering how to manage worksite safety in the pandemic era….

July 27, 2020
by Kevin Anderson

Trial Attorneys and Unions Pushing for COVID-19 Presumption Legislation

On June 23, 2020, Governor Brown directed the Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC) to explore any gaps in our current workers’ compensation system related to COVID-19,…

March 13, 2020
by Randi Ensley

Oregon – COVID-19 Incident Reports, Workers’ Comp, Wage and Leave Issues

As Oregon employers continue to face unique issues in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus, SBH has assembled this list of commonly asked questions addressing…

September 6, 2019
by Laurel

Employer Disability and Leave Roundtable

Join SBH for the next Employer Disability and Leave Roundtable September 10, 2019. We invite you to join us September 10th for the next Kaiser…

July 24, 2019
by Kevin Anderson

WCB issues new rules related to translation of written documents at hearing

After several months of deliberation, the board passed new rules requiring translation of non-English documents for hearing. OAR 438-007-0045. The parties can either stipulate to…

June 17, 2019
by Kevin Anderson

2019 Oregon Legislative Update

It has been a busy year in the Oregon legislature, but there has been only one major change to the statutes governing workers’ compensation. Senate…

October 30, 2018
by Brian Perko

Join Me at the 17th Annual SBH Oregon Claims Professional Workshop

SBH is hosting its 17th annual Oregon Claims Professional Workshop on November 2, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville. Covered topics include lessons in…

October 25, 2018
by Sarah Ewing

Benefit to Employers Who Offer Paid Family Leave

Are you an employer who offers paid family and/or medical leave? If so, you may qualify for a tax credit for tax years 2018 and…

September 11, 2018
by Kara Cogswell

BOLI issues proposed rules for Equal Pay Law

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (“BOLI”) recently issued proposed rules implementing the Oregon Equal Pay Law, most provisions of which take effect on January…

August 9, 2018
by Krishna Balasubramani

Sather, Byerly & Holloway Welcomes New Partner

  Sather, Byerly & Holloway, LLP is pleased to announce Rebecca Watkins is a partner effective July 1, 2018. Rebecca manages the firm’s appellate department….

October 4, 2017
by Sarah Ewing

Join Sarah Ewing in WSIA’s Webinar Discussing the New Paid Family & Medical Leave Law

Please join me on October 6, 2017 as I present with other panelists in a live webinar to discuss Washington’s new Paid Family & Medical…

September 26, 2017
by Evan Novotny

Oregon’s Distracted Driving Law Goes into Effect October 1

As of October 1, 2017 any use of mobile devices will be prohibited while driving in Oregon. Like the law in Washington, which went into…

May 19, 2017
by Megan Vaniman

Washington passes strict distracted driving law

Hopefully you are reading this blog post from the safety of your computer and not while driving. If you are using your cell phone to…

March 17, 2017
by Lauren Oda

Join SBH Attorney Lauren Oda at WSIA Region Meetings

Lauren Oda will be presenting with orthopaedic surgeon Scott Kitchel, M.D. at four WSIA Region Meetings in April. Lauren and Dr. Kitchel will discuss common…

October 14, 2016
by Megan Vaniman

Board’s new attorney fee rules go into effect on November 1.

The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board passed revised attorney fee rules on October 13, 2016.  The most significant changes involve increased attorney fees for disputed claims…

March 18, 2016
by Rebecca Watkins

Join SBH at the DMEC ADAAA/Family Leave Roundtable

Please join me on Wednesday April 6, 2016 at the DMEC ADAAA/Family Leave Roundtable. This is a great opportunity for employers to bring questions and…