Extraordinarily high heat and temperatures have been growing trend in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. To make matters worse, wildfires and the fallout effects from them have also been impacting the region. As part of an ongoing effort to protect employees from the dangers presented by the extreme heat and wildfires, Oregon OSHA has issued three new rules/laws for employers to observe.
According to the Boston College of Retirement Research, half of the people in the U.S. won't have enough funds saved to keep their standard of living during retirement. Additionally, over a third of workers have less than $1,000 in retirement savings.
Under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the U.S. Department of Labor prohibits wage discrimination based on gender. Many states, including Oregon, have reinforced this law with new legislation to ensure that employees receive equal pay for equal work as a part of Oregon payroll requirements. Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon's Equal Pay Act of 2017 (OEPA) into law in June 2017.
Processing payroll in Oregon has a lot of moving parts. Before paying an employee in the state, you must consider several variables, including the minimum wage, hours worked, overtime, allowed deductions, payroll tax, and more.