Portland Employee Benefits Attorneys

Find the right Employee Benefits attorney in Portland, OR

Issues with benefit plans and pension payments arise both when hiring an employee and when they leave the job. There are also laws that allow employees who lose their jobs to continue the health coverage they had with their employer while they search for new work.

Additionally, if a Portland employer guaranteed any benefits to the employer in a contract when work began, they must make good on these. Sometimes benefits are paid directly by the employer, while other instances of benefits require voluntary contributions from the worker. Also note that there can be a standard minimum amount of time spent working for the employer in order for the employee to receive benefits.

What Employee Benefits are Protected by Oregon law?

Oregon laws require that employers providing medical plans for their workers perform specific legal duties. The employer must inform the employee about their health plans, and the employee is entitled to fair treatment in the review process of their claim. Some laws also permit employees who lose their jobs to continue receiving the health coverage they had with their previous employer while they seek new employment.

Portland employers also owe legal duties to those given pension programs. First, they are legally required to provide the benefits that were promised under a set benefit plan. Moreover, it is the employer who must bear the risk of any investments that are made on behalf of an employee under a matched contribution plan.

How can a Portland, Oregon Pension and Benefits Attorney Help?

In Portland, Oregon, lawyers can help those employers who need guidance in creating pension plans that comply with employment laws. Attorneys may also help employees when it comes to obtaining the benefits described in a particular plan.

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Life in Portland

Portland may be the 3rd most populous city in the Pacific Northwest but it's one of the most popular. Known as one of the greenest cities in the world, Portland has used city planning and public transportation to lessen residents' impact on their surrounding environment. In fact, Portland has been named the second most eco-friendly place behind Reykjavik, Iceland by Grist Magazine, and in top 10 greenest cities by Move, Inc.

P-town residents live among some of the most innovative microbreweries and distilleries. Widmer Brothers, Henry Weinhard, and Michael "Beerhunter" Jackson even dubbed Portland beer capital of the world. Portland Mayor Tom Potter nicknamed the city "Beertown."

Most people probably know Portland as the location of the Nike Headquarters (known as the Nike Campus) but the city also plays host to KEEN, Adidas, Columbia Sportsware, U.S. Bank, Oregon Steel Mills, Willamette Industries, and Louisiana-Pacific. Since the city is known as a "green city" you won't be too surprised to find there are a number of alternative energy companies there like Vestas Wind Systems.

Portland is unique in that the city hosts the worlds largest, and even legally sanctioned in Portland court, naked bike ride. The annual World Naked Bike Ride began in 1999 with less than seven participants but has grown to over 13,000. Another legal oddity you may not know is that there are very strong speech protections in the Oregon constitution that extend to full nudity and lap dances in strip clubs. Not by coincidence, Portland has more strip clubs per capita than Las Vegas or San Francisco.

If you need some help navigating these sometimes confusing courts, consult a local Portland lawyer today.

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