The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has announced that the state minimum wage will rise by 15 cents to $8.95 per hour (PDF), effective January 1, 2013. The annual wage hike is mandated by Chapter 653 of the Oregon Revised Statutes, which states that when the Consumer Price Index for urban areas goes up, […]
The American Farm Bureau Federation has issued a statement on the Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In another ruling that surprised some observers, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the sweeping health care reform law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2010. The decision was made on a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion (PDF). He was […]
Dwarf conifers (PDF) are on the cover of the May issue of Digger magazine. This issue has an unmistakable greenhouse focus. Go here to read the entire issue as a flipbook — fast connection recommended — or download the individual articles as PDF files. Additional articles in the May issue include: Leader Profile (PDF) — […]
A U.S. District Court judge has sided with environmental groups in ruling that EPA is not giving enough scrutiny to Oregon’s regulation of non-point source water pollution, the Capital Press agricultural newspaper reported. Members of both the environmental community and agriculture groups expect the ruling could lead to greater regulation of non-point pollution, which comes […]
In this Wall Street Journal video, Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USA takes a look at Arizona v. United States could mean — not just the predicted outcome, but future workforce needs and how a court ruling could affect them.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will take up the issue of state-based immigration enforcement in 2012, setting up a major showdown over the future course of U.S. immigration policy. The justices will hear arguments, pro and con, over the constitutionality of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, but the case is likely to […]
Voters in his Phoenix-area district have recalled Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa, Ariz.), the Arizona senate president who wrote and successfully passed Senate Bill 1070. The state law made unauthorized immigration a criminal offense at the state level, allowing police to stop people suspected of being an illegal immigrant, and demand proof of their legal status. […]
Yesterday, on a lark, we posted about patents. Little did we know. Today, we have word that the U.S. Senate approved the America Invents Act on a 91-9 vote. The bill will implement sweeping changes to the U.S. patent system for the first time since 1948. The bill had already passed the U.S. House of […]
OAN member Jordan Schrader Ramis PC, a law firm based in Portland that specializes in business and real estate law, is offering a series of seminars on nursery industry law. All seminars will be 90 minutes in duration, and will begin at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Association of Nurseries office, 29751 S.W. Town Center […]