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Month: September 2012

Finding Funding for Oregon Start-up Businesses

  Before venturing down the path to becoming a lawyer, I spent several years building up a start-up drug development company. One of our key concerns, especially as a start-up pharmaceutical company with significant overhead, was finding the funding necessary to...

Employee Handbooks: Getting it Right

We see it all the time:  Employers use employee handbooks and written personnel policies that are ambiguous, don't fit their practices, or don't comply with Oregon or Washington employment law.  Unfortunately, such carelessness yields unnecessary exposure to...

A Narrowing View of Independent Contractors

The Oregon Court of Appeals released a decision this summer that once again demonstrated how narrowly the law defines an independent contractor.  While this is nothing new in Oregon, businesses need to take note.  During this era of economic instability and...

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