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Town Hall Meeting:
Friday March 27th 6:00 p.m.
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On Monday morning I received the following from NFIB - National Federation of Independent Business. This list contains the Senate Bills as well as many of the House Bills that are true job killing legislation. Last week's list was just the issues we have dealt with thus far in Business and labor Committee - here are some more to watch.
March 20, 2015
Oregon 'Job Killers' List Identified
A coalition of Oregon industry, agricultural and small business advocates released a list of job killer" bills today calling attention to the negative impact that the proposals will have on Oregon's job climate and economic recovery.
These bills pose a serious threat to Oregon's economy and job growth by imposing costly new mandates on employers, both large and small, across the state.
The 2015 "Job Killer" list follows:
2015 Job Killers
SB 19 Expands Liability for Wage Claims
Exposes shift supervisors, bookkeepers, farm labor contractors, farmers and others to the potential liability of wage claim allegations, even when based on honest mistakes. Also adds criminal liability to civil wage claims.
SB 615 State Retirement Plan for the Private Sector
Creates mandatory enrollment in a state-run plan for private sector employers that do not offer a state qualified retirement plan to their employees. Counterpart: HB 2960
SB 718 Allows Liens on Personal Employer Property
Creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage-and-hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer's real or personal property, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims.
SB 845 Imposes New Fees on Large Employers
Requires employers whose employees obtain health insurance coverage through a public program to pay a fee to the state for that coverage.
SB 454 Implements Statewide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
Increases employer mandates by requiring all employers, large and small, to provide all employees with paid sick leave, and threatens employers with statutory penalties as well as litigation for alleged violations. Counterpart: HB 2005
HB 2007 Adds Employer Liability for Wage Discussions
Creates a new unlawful employment practice against an employer who takes any negative employment action against an employee for discussing or disclosing "in any manner" his or her wages or those of another employee.
HB 2009 Increases Statewide Minimum Wage
Increases Oregon's current minimum wage from $9.25 to $15 per hour by 2018. Other minimum wage bills: SB 130, SB 327, SB 332, SB 597, SB 610, SB 682, HB 2004, HB 2008, HB 2012
HB 2386 Authorizes New Cease & Desist Authority for BOLI
Subjects employers to potentially unjustified imposition of cease & desist orders by Bureau of Labor and Industries, which, once issued, could require costly court proceeding to have removed.
HB 2540 Requires Prevailing Wage in Enterprise Zones
Eliminates the incentive to build projects inside Enterprise Zones by requiring prevailing wage to be paid on any privately owned projects developed on private land.
HB 2606 Expands Family Leave for Siblings
Adds siblings as an additional category of family members for whom a worker may take leave to provide care.
HB 2764 Increases Workers Compensation Costs
Unravels certain cost-saving provisions and resulting benefit increases due to Oregon's 1990 Workers Compensation reforms, resulting in employers paying nearly 5% increases in workers compensation system costs without any expectation that increases will be offset by system savings.
HB 3377 Mandates Predictive Scheduling
Requires employer to establish "mutually acceptable work schedule" upon employee request for a flexible or predictable work schedule. Mandates employers provide alternative work schedules. Other predictive scheduling bills: SB 888, HB 2010
Legislation included on the "Job Killer" list released today will change throughout the session as bills are amended or new language is introduced.