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BOLI's 39th Annual Employment Law Conference is November 2nd and 3rd (Thursday and Friday). 

BOLI’s Annual Employment Law Conference helps employers navigate complex – and often changing – workplace rules. Our 39th annual event will include 18 sessions on the topics that concern Oregon employers the most.

Paid leave. Performance management pitfalls. Wage and hour challenges. New laws. The list goes on....

For practical insight and timely updates, you don’t miss this opportunity to connect with Oregon’s top employment law attorneys, human resource experts, and of course, BOLI’s Employer Assistance team.

This year's conference will be 100% virtual. We hope you’ll join us!

One price for the whole event: $350 

Can’t make a session? Recordings will be available to attendees shortly after the event.

HRCI, SHRM and CLE recertification credit approval pending. 


Conference sessions to include:

Agenda, showing topics, days and times coming soon!*

2023 Legislative & Regulatory Update

Session Description

In this presentation, Barran Liebman partner Nicole Elgin will cover recent legislative and regulatory updates at the state and federal level.  With a focus on providing attendees practical tools and advice on how to adapt to recent developments, specific topics will include the following:

  • The NLRB's new standard for unlawful employer rules and representation proceedings;
  • The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act;
  • Changes to Oregon OSHA investigations and penalties;
  • Oregon HB 3471; and
  • Proposed rules to watch, including overtime, independent contractors, and more.

​Speaker​

Nicole Elgin Barran Liebman LLP​

Nicole Elgin is a partner at Barran Liebman LLP, where she represents employers in traditional labor and employment law matters. Nicole’s labor practice ranges from strategizing employer campaigns during a unionization drive to negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers in hearings before arbitrators and the National Labor Relations Board. Her employment law practice includes working with employers to adapt workplace policies to the latest legislative changes at the state and national levels. Nicole defends employers facing investigation by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), Washington’s Labor & Industries (L&I), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Nicole earned her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D., cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School. 

Accommodations for Pregnant Workers: What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting

Session Description

It has been a year of change for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act both going into effect.  This session will discuss both pieces of legislation and the EEOC’s proposed regulations as to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.  It will also provide practical guidance on the types of scenarios that employers can expect to face most often.  A comparison of existing Oregon law to these new federal regulations will be included.

​Speaker​

Elizabeth Falcone Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins 

​Elizabeth Falcone is the Office Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Portland office.  She has over 20 years’ experience litigating in state and federal courts and is often called upon to handle contentious and difficult lawsuits.  She regularly advises employers on accommodation of disabilities, leaves of absence, and managing employees within the law.  Elizabeth is named in the Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers and has received national recognition for her work.

Adapting to Paid Leave: How to Navigate the New Paid Leave Oregon Law

Session Description

Paid Leave Oregon is a new program that ensures individuals and families — of every kind — have the time and support they need to care for themselves and their loved ones when life’s important moments affect their health and safety.

Join us for a brief overview and discussion on the following topics:

  • Paid Leave eligibility
  • Benefits and leave types
  • Employer responsibilities with Paid Leave
  • Where employers can find help and resources
  • How Paid Leave and BOLI work together

​Speakers​

Sarah Ambrosek Paid Leave Oregon

Sarah Ambrosek joined the Oregon Employment Department in 2020 as a Business Employment Specialist serving Oregonians with access and knowledge within the special programs center to include; Work Share, Self-Employment Assistance, Training Unemployment Assistance, and Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Sarah is now an Operation and Policy Analyst for Paid Leave Oregon providing outreach and customer care support. Prior to joining the Employment Department, she worked in Digital Marketing for a fortune 500 company.

Emily Sokolski​ Paid Leave Oregon

Emily has worked as an Outreach Program Analyst for Paid Leave Oregon since December 2022. Prior to joining Paid Leave, Emily worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the labor movement for 13 years.

Joseph Tam Employer Assistance, BOLI

Joseph Tam is a Training and Development Specialist with Employer Assistance and a former Senior Civil Rights Investigator with the Civil Rights Division of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. He has been working for the agency for about 38 years. He is a graduate of Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho and Portland State University. He conducts in-person seminars and webinars on Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), federal Family a​nd Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence, Oregon Sick Time Law, Injured Workers Laws, Life of a Workers’ Compensation Claim, Disability Laws, Workplace Harassment and Discrimination, Wage and Hour Laws, Payroll Issues, Effective Supervisory Practices, Legal Hiring Practices, Documentation, Discipline and Discharge, Dealing with Difficult Employees, Drug and Alcohol Issues in the Workplace, COVID pay, Reasonable Accommodations Issues, etc. throughout Oregon. He is known to make the Recordkeeping seminar “interesting.”

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Case Law Update 2023

Session Description

Back by popular demand, this session will cover recent case law and legislative updates on the Oregon and national level that may have an impact on employers, and will offer key takeaways for how employers, managers, and human resources personnel can avoid potential compliance pitfalls.​

​Speakers​

Anthony D. Kuchulis Littler Mendelson P.C.

​​Anthony D. Kuchulis is a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C. where he focuses his practice on helping employers and management solve difficult employment questions and challenges. Anthony prides himself on being a partner to his business clients and an experienced legal consultant who examines all aspects of a challenge for the most expeditious solution. With over a decade of trial experience, Anthony has represented employers and businesses in the northwest and across the country of all sizes, on all matters, including trying cases to juries, arbitrators, and judges, as well as defending businesses and management from state and federal labor department complaints, including OSHA, BOLI, WISHA, DOL, EEOC (and more). Anthony is known for his creative litigation strategies and often unconventional advice work that includes an analysis of all legal and nonlegal options available to ensure the best possible outcome to the most complex problems. ​

Cristin Casey​ Littler Mendelson P.C.

​​Cristin Casey is a labor and employment litigation and advice attorney at Littler Mendelson, P.C. where she focuses her practice on representing Oregon employers in workplace disputes and helping employers navigate the complexities of Oregon employment law. Cristin has extensive experience in wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, retaliation, disability and reasonable accommodations, leave laws, and workplace investigations. Prior to joining Littler, Cristin spent 12 years with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, during which time she served as both BOLI Chief Prosecutor and BOLI Civil Rights Division Administrator. ​

Conducting Effective Employment Investigations

Session Description

This session offers a timely discussion of the skills and best practices needed for conducting comprehensive workplace investigations.  This session will address the essential framework for conducting investigations: what constitutes a complaint, when to conduct an investigation, who should be an investigator, and how to proceed in an investigation and best practices for report writing. We will also address  some of the complex issues that arise in investigations, such as issues of confidentiality, assessing witness credibility, and examining one's own biases prior to undertaking an investigation or evaluating its results, addressing workplace investigations in a unionized environment, and trauma-informed considerations.

Key topics to be discussed:

  1. Evaluating complaints and determining whether an investigation is required
  2. Identify the necessary steps involved in conducting an investigation and be able to form an actionable investigation plan
  3. Best practices in documenting and collecting evidence
  4. How to evaluate witness credibility and trauma-informed interviewing practices
  5. As an investigator, understand and address one's own biases prior to investigating a complaint
  6. Confidently communicate findings to an employer and recommend action

​Speakers​

Sarah Hale Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins 

Sarah Hale advises public and private employers throughout Oregon and Washington on a wide variety of workplace-related matters. She has extensive experience counseling clients on day-to-day employment and labor issues, including leave and disability law compliance, conducting workplace investigations, drafting workplace policies and employee handbooks, and representing clients in collective bargaining, union contract negotiations, and grievance and interest arbitrations. Sarah guides employers as they navigate complex and intricate employment law issues, empowering them with the decision-making tools to help workplaces run smoothly.  Before private practice, Sarah served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman in the U.S. District Court and the Honorable Marlin J. Appelwick in the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Kjersten Turpen Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins  

Kjersten Turpen represents domestic and international employers in all areas of employment law. She has extensive experience litigating claims of trade secret misappropriation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations. She represents clients in private arbitrations, federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its state counterparts. Kjersten has obtained favorable verdicts and settlements for clients across a variety of industries and during all phases of litigation. She is licensed in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho. Prior to private practice, Kjersten twice clerked for federal judges in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, where she was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service.​

Disability Awareness

Session Description

In many organizations , one in three employees with a disability say that their disability has had a negative affect on how they are viewed by team members. It is common for employees to feel awkward around coworkers with disabilities, but they may have no idea how to adapt or change their behavior. This training is intended to help participants develop self awareness about how they perceive disabilities, and help them learn how to serve as an ally within the workplace. Topics discussed will include ableism, microagressions, and intersectionality as it applies to disabilities.​

​Speaker​

Emily Purry Owner of Purry Consultants 

​Emily Purry has a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master’s degree in business management and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor. She delivers presentations and training on disability and equity topics relevant to today’s business environment. The purpose of each presentation is to educate companies and organizations about disability, equity, inclusion and access in a positive and productive way. Legally blind herself, and the parent of a child with autism, she brings her personal and professional experiences to help move companies forward. Emily and her husband, Jamison, are raising three biracial children within an extended family that is inclusive of many diverse identities. Topics that Emily specializes in include accessibility, intersectionality, technology and the world of ADA.

Effective Performance Management

Session Description

Managing employees' performance involves a process of setting expectations, aligning goals, assessing results, and focusing on staff development through ongoing conversations between managers and the employees whom they supervise. If only it were that easy! In this presentation, Joy will cover best practices for managing employee performance, including how to document performance issues constructively (and in a manner that protects the employer) and how to manage employees with medical and mental health challenges.     

​Speaker

Joy Ellis​ Foster Garvey PC

Joy works with employers in all aspects of their employment-related legal needs, including answering day-to-day questions about discipline, discrimination and harassment, leave laws, accommodations, hiring, and termination; developing and updating employee handbooks (whoo-hoo!); and drafting non-competition agreements, executive employment contracts, and severance agreements. She conducts on-site training for employees on how to prevent harassment and maintain a respectful workplace. Joy also conducts workplace investigations as an independent investigator. In addition to her advice practice, Joy is a litigator who defends employers; she has successfully handled hundreds of BOLI and EEOC complaints, and she regularly defends lawsuits in Oregon and Washington courts. 

How to Do the Perfect Discharge

Session Description

One of the toughest things an employer will ever have to do is to terminate one of its employees. This session will discuss potential problems and best practices on how to prepare for and carry out an involuntary discharge.

​Speaker​

Clarence Belnavis Fisher Phillips​

​Clarence Belnavis is the regional managing partner of Fisher Phillips’ Portland office and a partner in the Seattle office. He is a trial attorney focusing on employment litigation, including disability, racial and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. Clarence also represents employers in wage and hour claims, employment class actions, and traditional labor matters.

In addition to his litigation practice, Clarence proactively advises clients with respect to labor and employment matters, including disability and return to work issues, employee handbooks, termination procedures and litigation avoidance.

Clarence also provides client trainings and educational presentations to industry groups and organizations regarding current and developing employment law issues.

He has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2006 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He is frequently recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers for his work in labor and employment law.

In 2011, Clarence was honored as a "Convocation on Equality Champion" in recognition of the diversity work that he has been engaged in during his career.


How to Track Paid Leave Oregon, OFLA and FMLA in 2024

Session Description

​​Whether you attended this session last year or Paid Leave Oregon just hit your radar, this session will unpack recent amendments to OFLA and new information on how Paid Leave Oregon and OFLA work together. This session ​will be partic​ularly helpful for the visual learners as Joseph uses several different qualifying events and various timeframes to illustrate how protected leaves run together (tracking concurrently) or separately. NOTE: Attending the session Adapting to Paid Leave: How to Navigate the New Paid Leave Oregon Law just prior to this session is highly recommended.

​Speaker

Joseph Tam Employer Assistance, BOLI

Joseph Tam is a Training and Development Specialist with Employer Assistance and a former Senior Civil Rights Investigator with the Civil Rights Division of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. He has been working for the agency for about 38 years. He is a graduate of Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho and Portland State University. He conducts in-person seminars and webinars on Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), federal Family a​nd Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence, Oregon Sick Time Law, Injured Workers Laws, Life of a Workers’ Compensation Claim, Disability Laws, Workplace Harassment and Discrimination, Wage and Hour Laws, Payroll Issues, Effective Supervisory Practices, Legal Hiring Practices, Documentation, Discipline and Discharge, Dealing with Difficult Employees, Drug and Alcohol Issues in the Workplace, COVID pay, Reasonable Accommodations Issues, etc. throughout Oregon. He is known to make the Recordkeeping seminar “interesting.”

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Legal Hiring

Session Description

Few decisions have a greater impact on the long-term success (or failure) of a business than those that have to do with selecting the right person for the job.

While no applicant is a perfect fit, at a minimum the right person should have the necessary...

  • Knowledge, skills and abilities to hit the ground running,
  • People skills to interface with your organization and clientele, and
  • Motivation to begin making a valuable contribution without constant supervision.

Of course, finding that person consumes time, energy, and resources. In addition, legal requirements place a number of significant restrictions on how potential employers go about advertising positions, soliciting applications, interviewing candidates and conducting background checks. A misstep here can create room for a potential complaint or lawsuit around issues like employment discrimination, negligent hiring or invasion of privacy.

This seminar will focus on how consistently applied legal hiring procedures can help to identify the best qualified job candidate for a particular position without running afoul of the law.​

​Speakers

Charlie Burr Employer Assistance, BOLI

​​Charlie Burr works as a training and development specialist for the agency’s Technical Assistance for Employers Program, where he helps businesses large and small navigate complex and changing workplace requirements. Previously, Burr served as BOLI’s public information officer for five years, providing communications support for the agency’s legislative agenda and enforcement initiatives. Prior to joining the agency, Burr provided strategic communications services to energy, transportation and real estate clients while working with a global public affairs firm. Burr lives in northeast Portland with his wife Libby, daughters Marigny and Shelby, and dog Diamond.​

Chet Nakada Employer Assistance, BOLI

​​Chet Nakada is a Training and Development Specialist with the State of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Employer Assistance Program. He started with the Agency in 1995. He conducts employer seminars and helps employers comply with Oregon's Wage and Hour and Civil Rights Laws. Prior to working for Employer Assistance he worked as a Senior Civil Rights Investigator and prosecuted cases for the Agency in the Administrative Prosecution Unit.​

Maintaining a Respectful Workplace

Session Description

Respectful workplace training is a program that aims promote a positive work environment for all employees. The session covers the following topics:​

  • What is respect and why it matters in the workplace.
  • Ideas and methods for creating and maintaining a respectful workplace.
  • Mindfulness in interactions and maintaining open communication.
  • How to foster a culture of respect and inclusion in the workplace.​​

Speaker​

Anna Lee SHRM-SCP, IPMA-SCP – Senior Consultant, HR Answers, Inc.

Anna has over 20 years of human resources experience in leadership roles with governmental, profit and non-profit agencies. Her previous experience in a variety of disciplines and work environments provides her with a global HR perspective. Anna is a Senior Certified Human Resource Professional with Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) as well as Senior Certified Human Resource Professional with International Public Management for Human Resources (IPMA-SCP). She has served for five years on the IPMA Oregon Chapter Board including a term as President and Vice President. She served on the Board of Directors for Oregon Child Development Coalition.​

Making the Right Decisions on Worker Classifications: Independent Contractors v. Employees? Exempt v. Non-Exempt?

Session Description

In this presentation, Barran Liebman Co-Managing Partner Andrew Schpak will help employers demystify the complex issue of worker classifications.  In doing so, he will cover the important legal distinction between independent contractors and employees, including the key legal tests relevant to that analysis.  He will also cover exempt vs. non-exempt employee classifications and best practices for tailoring positions to ensure compliance with wage and hour laws.

Key learning objectives will include the following:

  1. Explore the ​costs and risks of misclassification, as well as how misclassification cases typically arise.
  2. Understand the legal tests relevant to determining whether a worker can be properly classified as an independent contractor. 
  3. Learn the statutory framework that defines those classified as exempt versus those classified as non-exempt.
  4. Discuss best practices for how to define roles and treat workers in order to maximize the likelihood that classifications will be upheld under legal scrutiny.​

​Speaker

Andrew Schpak Barran Liebman LLP​

Andrew Schpak is the Co-Managing Partner at Barran Liebman, where he has represented management in employment litigation, provided advice to employers, and performed fact-finding employment investigations for over 19 years. He drafts, reviews, and negotiates employment, partnership, and independent contractor agreements, as well as confidentiality, non-solicitation, and non-competition agreements. He serves as a Board Member of the Portland Business Alliance and is a graduate of Leadership Portland. A Board Member of the Campaign for Equal Justice, he currently serves as Board Treasurer, Chair of its Finance Committee, and Co-Chair of its Large Firm Partners Committee. Active in the American Bar Association, Andrew is a member of the Standing Committee on Scope and Correlation of Work, the Standing Committee on Audit, and Fund for Justice and Education Council. He is also Chair of the Transition Projects, Inc. Board, serving as a member of its Executive, Governance, and Development Committees. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) by the Society for Human Resources Management. He graduated from Reed College and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School.​

Navigating Cannabis in the Workplace: Legal, Practical, and Policy Considerations

Session Description

In today's rapidly changing landscape, the intersection of cannabis and the workplace has become a complex and evolving challenge for employers. As societal attitudes towards cannabis shift and legal frameworks change, it is crucial for organizations to understand the implications, risks, and opportunities associated with cannabis in the workplace. This comprehensive course is designed to provide HR professionals, managers, and business leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate this intricate terrain effectively. Attendees will gain the skills and knowledge to develop, implement, and adapt a cannabis policy that suits the specific needs and culture of their organization while fostering a safe, productive, and inclusive work environment.

​Speakers​

Audra Hedberg Vice President of Services, PHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP

As the Vice President of Services for Trüpp, Audra Hedberg leads departments providing HR Consulting and Outsourcing Services to clients. Audra has been an HR professional for over 18 years, working in various industries.  She has a passion for helping clients thrive and enjoys providing guidance under various employment laws in a relaxed style that is easy to understand.

Derek Tracy Director of HR Services MBA, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP​

As the Director of HR Services for Trüpp, Derek leads the HR Services team providing HR Outsourcing Services to Trüpp's clients. Derek is a US Army veteran and former Chief Human Resources Officer that holds a Master's degree in both Organizational Leadership and Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.  Derek's professional passion revolves around helping clients improve business outcomes by way of innovative leadership and HR strategies. 

Navigating DEI in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision

Session Description

What does the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2023 decision striking down affirmative action in college admissions mean for employers? Are employers vulnerable to challenge for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplace? We’ll explore the implications of this change in the law in the context of hiring, promotion, employee resource groups (ERG), and more. And we’ll discuss how to ensure that your practices and policies pass muster.

​Speaker​

Paul Buchanan Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP ​​

Paul Buchanan is a partner at Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP, a unique employment law firm that represents some of the most prominent employers in the country, as well as small and mid-size employers, individual executives, and rank and file employees too. Paul has more than thirty years of experience litigating employment cases in Oregon, Washington, and California and advising on employment law issues. He has obtained numerous jury verdicts for his clients. Chambers USA has listed Paul in the top band of employment lawyers in Oregon every year since it began ranking Oregon lawyers. Super Lawyers has ranked Paul as one of the top fifty lawyers in the state of Oregon. In 2021, Best Lawyers in America recognized Paul not only for his defense practice but as “Lawyer of the Year” for representation of individuals in employment litigation in Portland​.


Practice What You Preach: How to Handle Religion in the Workplace

Session Description

Coming Soon!​

​Speakers

Megan J. Crowhurst Littler Mendelson P.C.

​​Megan J. Crowhurst understands that each legal challenge requires a different approach depending on the goals of her clients. She is a passionate advocate, but she recognizes that offering superior legal services is not always about winning every possible argument. The most desired result often requires flexibility and consistent communication to ensure a cost-effective solution to every legal matter that comes across her desk. Megan has represented corporate clients of all sizes, from multinational corporations to family-owned businesses. She provides practical advice and training to employers on various employee-related issues, including FMLA and ADA compliance; effective discipline and discharge; conducting harassment and workplace investigations; reviewing employment contracts; and policy and handbook development and administration. When needed, she defends employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in all types of individual employee and class action labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful and retaliatory discharges and wage and hour issues. Before moving her practice to Oregon, Megan practiced labor and employment law in Chicago. She was president of the Moot Court Honor Board and editor of the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal during law school. Prior to attending law school, Megan was actively involved in politics and served as a White House staff member during the Clinton Administration.

Remote Work Consideration for Wage and Hour Compliance

Session Description

As remote work, both regular and intermittent, have become a normal part of the workplace make sure you don’t forget about the wage and hour differences.  We will review the employer’s responsibility for managing the type of work arrangement and the variances that exist.         ​   ​     

Speaker

Laurie Grenya HR Answers, Inc.

Laurie has over 20 years of experience as an HR professional.  Her passion is found in helping organizations understand the path forward considering the risks involved in each decision. She has worked with all sectors and industries has a keen eye for solutions within best practice and acceptable risk.

Successfully Separating from or Settling with Employees

Session Description

Whether because of a dispute or just mutual interest, employers and employees often need to explore how to tidily end the employment relationship. Employees may propose resignation in lieu of termination. Employers may want confidentiality agreements. Clarifying the separation in writing provides benefits to both parties. However, laws like the Workplace Fairness Act, the NLRA, and a brand-new Oregon law regarding settlements in the context of workers' compensation claims impose restrictions on agreements with employees. Include the wrong term and you may face penalties or lawsuits. Join me in this educational session to talk about the benefits of written documentation about the of the employment relationship. Learn what you can and cannot include in such an agreement and what situations may call for a more formal agreements or seeking legal assistance.  

​Speaker

Rebecca A. Watkins SBH Legal

​​Rebecca is a partner at SBH Legal, a Portland law firm specializing in the representation of employers in all aspects of employment-related laws including wage and hour; discrimination; leave; disability; and workers' compensation. She defends employers and insurers before administrative agencies, state courts and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. In addition to litigation, Rebecca enjoys consulting with employers on difficult employment decisions to help them avoid lawsuits. She regularly provides training for employers and HR professionals.

Rebecca is admitted to the Oregon State Bar; Washington State Bar; US Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and US District Court, District of Oregon. She is a current member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel. Prior to beginning her law career, Rebecca worked in the cognitive research field.​

Tips, Tricks and Traps in Navigating Wage and Hour Issues

Session Description

Jeff Burgess and Karlee Rodriguez will examine some common wage and hour questions and offer practical solutions. Navigating wage and hour law is fraught with risk. This session will cover issues that Oregon employers frequently struggle with: rest and meal periods, compensable work time (on-call pay, travel time, meeting and training time and preparatory/concluding activities), agricultural overtime changes, payroll deductions plus final paycheck issues.

In addition, Jessica Sandrock will be providing a brief overview of the new agricultural overtime law, exemptions to the law, summarizing frequently asked questions regarding the law, and sharing resources available to agricultural employers.

Join us for a lively, fast-paced conversation!​​

​Speakers​​​

Jeff Burgess Employer Assistance, BOLI​

Jeff received his undergraduate degrees in Business Economics and Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he was a Scottish Rite scholar. He went on to law school at the University of Mississippi and practiced law in California and Colorado for 15 years, focusing on litigation. He joined the Bureau of Labor and Industries in 2002 where he was an agency prosecutor for 7 years, taking civil rights and wage and hour cases to administrative hearing. In 2009 he joined the Employer ​Assistance Program where he teaches seminars, edits handbooks and answers inquiries about employment law for business owners, managers, human resources professionals and attorneys. Jeff lives in McMinnville with his wife Tiffany and various critters.

Karlee Rodriguez Employer Assistance, BOLI

​Karlee Rodriguez is a Training, Development and Apprenticeship Specialist with the State of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She works in a dual role with the Employer Assistance Program and the Apprenticeship & Training Division.

​Recently, she has been working closely with industry leaders, curriculum providers and the Oregon Health Authority on developing a Surgical Tech Apprenticeship Program in rural Oregon. She is also an advocate for hiring minors in the workplace and works closely with industry leaders on ways that Youth Apprenticeship can help create a skilled workforce. She is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Public Health and currently resides in eastern Oregon where she is able to meet with individuals, employers and organizations to discuss employment law best practices and apprenticeship exploration. In her free time, she likes to run, read and hike with her husband and dog Lola.​

Jessica Sandrock Wage and Hour Division, BOLI

​Jess is the Training and Development Specialist for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Agricultural Compliance and Education (ACE) Unit. Her work focuses on providing outreach and serving as an educational resource for agricultural employers statewide. Jess has served the agriculture industry for over 20 years as an educator and administrator at Chemeketa Community College and Oregon State University. You can contact Jess by phone: 971-259-0096, or email: jessica.sandrock@boli.oregon.gov. You can also send any agriculture related wage and hour question to the ACE Unit at ag.overtime@boli.oregon.gov.

* Agenda and topics subject to change.