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Employers must take appropriate action after harassment complaint

Employers have to take complaints of workplace harassment seriously. While it is impossible for an employer to control every action of every employee, it is vital that every company has an established plan to deal with workplace harassment complaints. Under no circumstances should an employer ever ignore complaints of harassment because the consequences of doing so can be dire.

If you receive a complaint about workplace harassment, you should immediately begin an investigation into the allegations. Generally, the investigation will include interviewing the accuser, the accused and any witnesses to the incident. If there are any written documents, texts, emails or any other documentation of the events, those must also be gathered and reviewed.

Storm water runoff and drainage litigation is often complex

Taking care of the environment is something that is a major concern. For many businesses, and some individuals, the environmental concern has special effects. In some cases, concern for the environment places a burden on a property owner to ensure that pollution from runoff and drainage doesn't become an environmental concern.

We know that having to deal with state and federal agencies about storm water runoff and drainage issues might be taxing. While we understand the reasons certain environmental laws have been enacted, we also know that it is still important for you to be able to do business.

The Supreme Court hears only a fraction of cases each year

When someone isn't happy with a decision by a court, they will sometimes say they will take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. That is exactly what happens in some cases, but in other cases, the Supreme Court won't hear that particular case. Learning about how the Supreme Court decides which cases to hear might help take some of the mystery out of the process.

In order for the Supreme Court to hear a case, the issue at hand must either fall under federal jurisdiction or pertain to a federal law. If the case pertains to state law or is comprised of parties from only one state, the chance that the Supreme Court will hear the appeal is very slim.

Employment disputes take time away from your business

We have discussed a variety of employment contracts on this blog. Many of those employment contracts serve to protect the employer from having trade secrets leaked to competitors. Those types of employment disagreements aren't the only ones that employers have to deal with.

We know that you have a company to run and don't have time to waste with employment disputes. We can help you resolve employment disputes stemming from a variety of causes. We treat each case in a manner that takes the considerations of that case into account. You can count on us to investigate the dispute so that we can present you with the options that are available.

What should I know about deadlines for Oregon civil appeals?

In our past few blog posts, we have discussed some common contracts that employers can use in an effort to keep their trade secrets from getting into the hands of competitors. If you recall, we have discussed how it is sometimes necessary to head to court to enforce those contracts. These civil cases might end up leading to an appeal if you don't agree with the court's decision. Understanding some of the basic points regarding appeals in Oregon is vital in those cases.

When must an appeal be filed?

What is a non-competition agreement?

Keeping trade secrets from getting into the hands of competitors is a priority for many employers. Over the course of the last two blog posts, we have discussed some of the methods used to keep these secrets from getting out. If you recall, we discussed non-disclosure agreements. Another tool that employers can use is the non-competition agreement.

What is a non-competition agreement?

What is the purpose of a nondisclosure agreement?

Last week, we discussed how important it is that business owners keep their intellectual secrets from getting out to competitors. As we discussed, some business owners use nondisclosure agreements to help keep trade secrets protected. Learning about nondisclosure agreements might help some small business owners decide if these contracts are a good option for their business.

Why should I have employees sign nondisclosure agreements?

Protect your intellectual property to protect your business

Keeping your business protected is a key concern of business owners. This isn't always as easy as just making sure that you have a steady stream of income coming in. Instead, you have to make sure that the intellectual property of your business is protected. This can sometimes mean having to wage legal battles in federal or civil court to protect trade secrets or uphold non-compete agreements.

We know that as a busy business owner, you don't have time to deal with lengthy legal battles. We can stand on your behalf through a variety of court proceedings and other events to help ensure that your business' interests remain protected.

Important litigation tips

Are you involved in civil litigation in Oregon, and are you about to go before the court? If so, you should take a look at the following tips, which can help you work quickly and effectively through this process. These are especially important if you have never been to court before.

1. Don't look for revenge.

Personal injury cases deserve aggressive representation

In our most recent blog posts, we have discussed personal injury cases. In one, we discussed the importance of taking action after you are injured because of another person's negligence. In the other, we discussed how personal injury cases sometimes go through the appeal process. One factor that remains constant is that you will need someone familiar with the applicable laws so that you can ensure your rights are respected.

We understand that you might not feel up to having to wage a legal battle while you are trying to heal after a catastrophic injury. We can handle the legal work so that you can place your focus on healing.

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