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Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness

On June 14, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (S.B. 398) instructing the Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries to adopt rules requiring employers to provide written notice to each employee about the state and federal earned income tax credits. The notice must meet all the following requirements:

  • Be provided in English and the language the employer typically uses to communicate with the employee.
  • Annually provided with the employee’s federal Form W-2.
  • Contain website addresses for the IRS and the Department of Revenue where the employee can find information about the state and federal earned income tax credits.

In any poster regarding the state minimum wage, the bureau must also include notice to employees about the state and federal earned income tax credits. The Oregon Employment Department must provide information to recipients of unemployment insurance benefits about the state and federal earned income tax credits.

The law is effective October 8, 2017.

Read OR S.B. 398

Noncompetition Agreements with Home Care Workers

On June 14, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (S.B. 949) making both the following void and legally unenforceable in regard to home care workers:

  • A noncompetition agreement.
  • A covenant between an employee and an employer to not solicit employees of the employer or not solicit or transact business with customers of the employer.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read OR S.B. 949