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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…

January 7, 2016
by Megan Vaniman

New Bill Alters Timeline for Initial Time Loss Payment

On January 1, 2016, House Bill 2797 went into effect, modifying when initial temporary disability payments must be made. Prior to January 1, 2016, if…

August 3, 2015
by Rebecca Watkins

Registration now open for OEC fall conference.

The Fall OEC conference will take place October 5th & 6th at Spirit Mountain Casino.  Programming includes training on wage and hour, safety rules, employee retention,…

July 7, 2015
by Norman Cole

LHWCA Caselaw Update

Over the last three months there have been several noteworthy decisions under the Longshore and Harbors Workers’ Compensation Act. In M.K. v. California United Terminals,…

June 29, 2015
by Andrew Evenson

Up in smoke? What Measure 91 means for your Employment Policy

On July 1, 2015, Measure 91 goes into effect in Oregon, signifying recreational marijuana’s legality statewide.  Of course, its “legality” comes with several limitations.  Measure…

May 29, 2015
by Rebecca Watkins

Court of Appeals clarifies compensability analysis for medical services.

By: Rebecca Watkins This month, SBH received favorable decisions from the Court of Appeals in two cases addressing compensability of medical services under ORS 656.245(1)….

May 19, 2015
by Lauren Oda

Large Increase in Oregon Average Weekly Wage

By: Lauren Oda The Workers’ Compensation Division issued the revised Bulletin 111 May 18, 2015.  According to the Bulletin, Oregon’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW)…

May 13, 2015
by Megan Vaniman

Oregon Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Brown v. SAIF

By: Megan Vaniman In May 2014, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued Brown v. SAIF, 262 Or App 640 (2014).  The case changed the test…

May 8, 2015
by Stephen Verotsky

Supreme Court allows personal estate to pursue Workers’ Compensation Claims

By: Steve Verotsky Recently, the Oregon Supreme Court reversed the Workers’ Compensation Board and Court of Appeals and determined that a worker’s estate is authorized…

April 30, 2015
by Rebecca Watkins

Highest State Court finds PERS reform unconstitutional

By: Rebecca Watkins In a decision issued April 30th, the Oregon Supreme Court struck down a key provision of 2013 legislation concerning the Public Employees…