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For the last few years, it’s been clear that a new day has dawned for retail. Customers no longer feel they have to go into stores: Virtually everything can get delivered to our homes, sometimes the same day we order it, and if we feel like driving to the store, we can opt for ordering online and picking up our merchandise at the curb.

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American manufacturing is enjoying a resurgence, powered by demand and innovation. But alongside this resurgence lies a mounting challenge facing nearly every manufacturer – attracting and retaining skilled talent. However, there are actions employers can take to put the right tools and people in place to ultimately propel their companies and the manufacturing industry forward.

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Oregon workers’ compensation law exempts many truck drivers who own or lease the motor vehicle equipment they drive from workers’ compensation coverage. To be exempt from coverage, the driver must have an ownership or leasehold interest in equipment, and the driver must furnish, operate and maintain the equipment.

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This week, our board member Lori Olund, president of Miles Fiberglass and Composites, joined Congressman Kurt Schrader for a meeting in Oregon City to discuss the importance of trade to Oregon jobs and, specifically, the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), now pending in the U.S. House.

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Each legislative session seems to add to the weight of employment regulations on businesses, and the 2019 legislative session is certainly no exception. OBI has been busy since January communicating to legislators about how different employment-related bills could impact the day-to-day operations of businesses across the state.

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Get a comprehensive view of unemployment tax, benefits and policy looking to 2020 and beyond at the National Unemployment Insurance Policy Conference.

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Years ago, Sen. Betsy Johnson said retired Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli labeled her a “BFD.”

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The past few weeks have been intense times in the Legislature and at Oregon Business & Industry, as the OBI team has been rigorously working to protect member interests in scores of bills impacting business. And, this year, no issue looms larger than taxes.

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Oregon Business & Industry celebrated jobs, employers, businesses, companies and Oregon’s economy at the 2019 Annual Meeting on Tuesday.

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The Oregon Business & Industry Board of Directors on Tuesday affirmed that, based on agreements with legislative leadership, it is neutral on the tax provisions of the Student Success legislation pending at the Legislature.

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