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FLSA Proposes Overtime Rule Changes

After more than a year of deliberation, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a 295-page proposal to rewrite federal overtime laws guaranteeing overtime pay to salaried employees who earn less than $50,440.

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Statewide Paid Sick Leave Passes

Despite opposition by ORLA, the 2015 Oregon Legislature passed statewide paid sick leave on June 12, 2015. Salient points of the new law have been outlined for your information.

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Losing Unredeemed Gift Cards

House Bill (HB) 2543 is a legislative proposal that, if passed, would allow unredeemed gift cards to become property of the state. This issue has been brought up almost every session since 1997.

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Paid Sick Leave: An Employer’s View

A paid sick leave mandate ignores current choices employees and employers have made in their benefit offerings without a clear understanding of how this affects the many diverse workplaces.

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Paid Sick Leave Passes in Eugene

Despite opposition from many businesses and industry leaders, Eugene City Council passed a sick leave ordinance on July 28, 2014 that allows everyone working within the Eugene city limits to accrue paid sick time at work.

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11 Questions About Music Licensing

Under law, restaurants must make sure to have the necessary licensing to comply with copyright statutes before playing music..

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Are Automatic Gratuities Considered Tips?

The IRS’ revised Ruling 2012-18 draws a sharper distinction between tips and service charges. Businesses need to comply with previous guidance on the proper treatment of tips and service charges.

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Gun Control on Premises

With the recent gun violence sweeping across the nation, ORLA has received a number of questions on whether restaurateurs can ban guns on their private property. As private property and business owners, our members should be able to legally bar or allow guns on their premises. Currently, unlike Washington and California, Oregon has no laws regarding whether carriers of concealed weapons can be in a bar or not.

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Bare Hand Contact Wiped from New Food Code Rules

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced last week the new Food Code “No Bare Hand Contact” provision is being removed from the proposed food code rules. The double handwashing rule will be reinserted in the rules which go into effect September 4, 2012.

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Fighting for Tip Pooling

Tip Pooling has become a legal spiderweb, given the complicated state-by-state variations. In a recent move to further clarify the law, restaurant industry trade associations have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on behalf of restaurants and restaurant employees who share in tips and participate in tip pools.

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Uses for Brown Grease: Turning Waste into a Commodity

By now, everyone knows about turning yellow grease from restaurants into Biodiesel and that Biodiesel companies pay restaurants for their used grease. Soon Biogas will be biologically produced using an enclosed anaerobic digestion process that will process food waste generated by commercial businesses like restaurants and grocery stores in the Metro and surrounding region.

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ADA Bar Countertops Requirements In Effect

The new ADA rules require bar countertops to have an accessible section available for disabled patrons. However, restaurants are now able to substitute accessible tables instead of lowering a section of the bar.

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Will ID Checkers Need Required Training?

When laws for private security training were developed, as per the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, ORLA held the position that basic functions or responsibilities of a liquor licensee should be exempt from training and DPSST certification. In the final statute, persons performing crowd management or guest services, are not required to undergo DPSST training, provided these persons are unarmed and not hired with the primary responsibility of taking enforcement action.

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Waiving Meal Periods Law Protected

Federal Law allows for shortened or flexible break times as long as the employee is compensated for any breaks that are not at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted work time. This is an important issue concerning our industry, as the main objective of the server is to earn tips and not the hourly wage they are paid.

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are becoming a frustrating pest to deal with, especially for hotels. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now have a number of resources available online that address treatment and prevention. ORLA is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and is taking a proactive approach to ensure members are educated on how to address and prevent Bed Bugs. See the latest OHA fact sheet.

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