In the recent case Hatkoff v. Portland Adventist Medical Center, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed enforcement of a company arbitration provision in an employee handbook requiring that a former employee bring his employment discrimination claims in binding arbitration. The Court’s opinion offers a straight-forward application of the law regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements
Oregon’s 76th Legislative Assembly convened on February 1, 2011. The Legislature has wasted no time introducing a multitude of new labor and employment bills, some with potentially far reaching effects. Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of some of the more interesting bills up for debate:
- HB 2035 — Standardizes statute of limitations period for filing
Late last month, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that an arbitration agreement between an employer and an employee need not contain an express waiver of the employee’s right to a jury trial to be enforceable. The opinion can be read here: Hays Group, Inc. v. Biege.
In Hays Group, a trial court denied an employer’s motion…