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Lawmakers Amend Oregon’s Pro-Union Statute, but Leave Employer Restrictions Intact

As we continue to follow the developments of an Oregon pro-union statute, here’s the latest.  As we wrote last month, an Oregon business group and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are challenging a Oregon statute which limits employer’s rights to speak out against unions under the National Labor Relations Act (click here for that article).  Now, the Democratically controlled Oregon House passed an amendment to that law and sent it on to the Senate.  Unfortunately, the amendment does not change the restrictions placed on employers.

Specifically, under the amended statute, it is still unlawful for employers to discipline employees who do not attend a mandatory meeting discussing the employer’s position on unions.  As a result, the organizations challenging the statute are moving forward with their lawsuit.  We will keep you updated on further developments. 

Brody and Associates regularly advises management on complying and remaining up to date with state and federal employment laws.  If we can be of assistance in this area, please contact us at info@brodyandassociates.com or 203.965.0560.