Entries by Christy Monson

Enforcing Policies Saves Money

Clients sometimes call us with questions regarding the discipline of employees for violation of sick leave or vacation policies. As public employers, your discipline options may be governed by a collective bargaining agreement, by personnel policies, or by both.

Employment Investigations: When Should We Hire an Outside Investigator?

Christy K. Monson From our Spring 2015 e-newsletter Most employers understand that they have a duty to promptly and fairly investigate employee complaints, especially where discrimination, harassment or retaliation is alleged. However, even sophisticated employers may not have given much thought to when they should hire an outside investigator as compared to handling the investigation […]

New FLSA Exemption Requirements

Christy Monson From our November 2016 e-newsletter As you know, your (non-firefighting and non-public safety) regular employees generally must be paid overtime or earn comp time if they work over 40 hours in a workweek–unless they qualify as “exempt” from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements. Recently, the Department of Labor made some very […]

Written Notice Now Required Before Disciplinary or Performance Review Executive Sessions

Christy Monson From our November 2016 e-newsletter The Oregon Ethics Commission has adopted a new rule which changes the law regarding certain executive sessions. Specifically, the Commission decided that in order to call an executive session under ORS 192.660(2)(b) or (i) (which allows a government to go into an executive session to discuss the discipline […]