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Oregon Supreme Court Enforces Employment Arbitration Agreement

Oregon employers that require arbitration for employment-related disputes recently received some good news from the Oregon Supreme Court.  In Gist v. ZoAn Management, Inc., the Court rejected the plaintiff’s argument that his arbitration agreement was unenforceable because it limited the arbitrator’s authority to award him relief.  Instead, the Court ruled that the arbitration clause was … Continue Reading

Oregon Supreme Court Allows Workers’ Comp Coverage for Gastric Bypass

This morning, in SAIF Corp. v. Sprague, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld the workers’ compensation claim of an employee who sought coverage for gastric bypass surgery, on the grounds that the surgery was necessary to treat a decades-old on-the-job knee injury.  Sprague injured his knee on the job in 1976, filed a workers’ comp claim, and sought … Continue Reading

Oregon Supreme Court Denies Employee’s Wrongful Discharge Claim for Reporting Unlawful Trade Practices

The Oregon Supreme Court has denied a car salesman’s wrongful discharge claim. In Lamson v. Crater Lake Motors, Inc., the salesman, Kevin Lamson, claimed he was terminated for complaining to his employer that an outside entity managing sales on his employer’s car lot was engaging in unlawful trade practices.  Lamson refused to participate in special promotional events run by the … Continue Reading

Oregon Supreme Court: Corporate Directors Not Employees

The Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled that a corporation’s board of directors are not employees, and therefore not subject to Oregon’s unemployment tax.  In Necanicum Investment Co. v. Oregon Employment Department, the Supreme Court reversed a 2007 Oregon Court of Appeals decision that had held unemployment tax should be assessed on the fees paid to … Continue Reading
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