Keeping You Informed
It is the mission of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce to bring education and understanding to our members and community around issues in government so that our members are able to raise their voice and opinions on issues in a timely and well informed manor.
2017 Legislative Priorities (Adopted 12.14.16)
The 2017 Oregon State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Priorities represents the legislative priorities of Oregon’s local business communities as represented by the 84 local Chambers of Commerce members of the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.
The OSCC is organized to give a voice to the local business communities throughout Oregon in support of policies that enable business success, job growth and income growth in each of our local communities. We believe a healthy business climate, and the jobs that such a business climate creates, is the key to building up our local communities, adequately funding social services and making our state prosperous.
The 2017 OSCC Legislative Agenda is a reflection of our collective desire to see that every Oregon community is able to grow and develop a vibrant local economy that can support each community’s needs.
For 2017, the OSCC requests that the Oregon legislature take immediate action to address Oregon’s transportation infrastructure needs. The OSCC also asks that the Oregon Legislature “pause” on any additional measures that would impose new costs or regulatory challenges for local businesses. Local business communities across Oregon need time to deal with the new 2015 & 2016 laws without additional costs, challenges and uncertainty.
The Members of the OSCC are united in support of:
1. Comprehensive transportation funding package.
2. Pre-emption of local employment regulations.
3. Expanding eligibility for the 2013 ‘small business tax cut.’
4. Workforce Housing.
5. Mental health funding (relevant to business).
6. Land use/UGB expansion.
The Members of the OSCC are united in opposition to:
1. Predictive Scheduling mandate.
2. Employer-funded ‘paid family leave’ program.
3. ‘Cap and Trade’ or carbon tax legislation that imposes cost on local employers.
4. Increasing damage awards for liability, medical lawsuits.
5. Elimination of the small business tax cut.
6. Taxes not supported by the business community.
UPDATE on DOL’s Overtime Rule:
In November we notified you regarding the new Labor Department’s Overtime Rule scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. Since the issuance of a preliminary injunction stopping the rule, we promised to provide an update as information became available. see below
What you need to know:
a. If you have NOT put into effect a plan to comply with the new regulation, you are now not required to do so.
b. If you have already implemented a plan, you can decide to return to the previous threshold of $23,660 per year ($455 per week).
c. Employers, for now, will not be required to comply with the law unless something changes.
d. You may wish to consult a labor attorney for advice. Consider the suggestions and questions in this article from the National Law Review: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/understanding-federal-court-injunction-against-dols-revised-overtime-rule-and
e. The injunction is not permanent and may be lifted, conversely, may become an official injunction.
f. The Department of Labor is weighing its options, and may defer any decision to after the new administration takes office.
g. Congress is also weighing options to permanently repeal the rule however that would require the President sign the action.
You can find an article from the Society for Human Resource Management regarding the injunction and recommendations here: https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/legal-and-compliance/employmentlaw/Pages/What-to-Do-Now-that-Federal-Overtime-Rule-Is-Blocked.aspx.
There is a comment from the DOL at this site: https://www.dol.gov/featured/overtime. It does not, however, state the expectations for compliance since the injunction.
Also, this article in Forbes focuses on the small business perspective: http://fortune.com/2016/11/29/overtime-rules-limbo/.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.
U.S. Chamber Responds to Court’s Preliminary Injunction Blocking DOL’s Overtime Rule
- (11.29.2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Randy Johnson issued the following statement regarding the decision by the district court in Sherman, Texas to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulation nationwide:
“We are very pleased that the court agreed with our arguments that the Obama administration’s new overtime rule was unlawful and stopped rule from taking effect on December 1. If the overtime rule had taken effect, it would have resulted in significant new costs – more than $1 billion according to the Congressional Budget Office – and it would have caused many disruptions in how work gets done. Furthermore, the rule would have reduced workplace flexibility, remote electronic access to work, and opportunities for career advancement. This is a great result.”The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. www.USChamber.com
Employment in Yamhill County: November, 2016
Yamhill County’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 4.8 Percent (Source: State of Oregon Employment Department 12.20.2016)
Yamhill County’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in November, down from its October revised rate of 5.2 percent. Oregon’s statewide unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in November, down from its revised October rate of 5.3 percent. Yamhill County’s employment losses in November were less than normal; total nonfarm employment decreased 220 jobs, when a decrease of roughly 330 jobs would be expected. Seasonally adjusted employment increased 110 between October and November. Yamhill County’s employment level was 1,100, or 3.5 percent, above its pre-recession employment peak in August 2007. Yamhill County’s employment increased 350 over the past year, a 1.0 percent increase. Oregon’s employment was up 2.7 percent over the past year. Yamhill County’s private sector employment was up 280 over the past year. Public sector employment was up 70 over the past 12 months. Declining employment over the past 12 months in financial activities (-150 jobs) and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (-110 jobs) has slowed the county’s employment growth during the past year. The fastest-growing private-sector industries over the past year included: wholesale trade (+60 jobs, or 9.2%); construction (+140 jobs, or 8.8%); and professional and business services (+80 jobs, or 4.5%). Read more at: https://www.qualityinfo.org/documents/10182/73818/Employment+in+Yamhill+County?cn=December2016&cm=email&cs=publication&cc=Employment%20in%20Yamhill%20County
Your voice matters!
In Oregon EVERY elected representative of the House and Senate must vote on bills that hit the floor. During any given session in the State Capital there will be thousands of bills submitted, sent to committee, and then pushed to the floor for votes. The Chamber will work to bring context and links to those bills and issues which we see as being primarily business related, meaning that the issue would impact the ability of our local businesses to operate, grow, and succeed.
The Chamber utilizes the time and insight from the Government Affairs Committee to identify key issues, policies, or officials that may have an impact on business in our area. If you are interested in more information about this committee please contact Gioia Goodrum at 503.472.6196. If you would like to provide testimony in person or in writing to a committee, Senator, or Representative and need any help please let us know.