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|Articles - November 2010|
|Thursday, October 21, 2010|
The cost of workers’ compensation insurance for most Oregon employers will remain flat in 2011, according to the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), which sets those rates for every industry in the state. Average pure premiums will fall 1.8%, but because reduced payrolls have lowered department revenue, the premium assessment to fund workers’ comp and workplace safety programs will rise 1.8 percentage points. Premiums have fallen largely due to a 58% drop in the rate of workplace injuries since the 1980s. In 1990, major reforms were put in place, including an innovative return-to-work program, the state workplace safety program (Oregon OSHA) and a dispute resolution process. Almost 20 years later in 2008, Oregon’s rates were 13th-lowest in the U.S. While DCBS sets rates, employers can purchase workers’ comp coverage from private insurers or SAIF Corp., a not-for-profit, state-chartered company that issues nearly half the state’s policies. About 15% of employers elect to self-insure.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG
For Far West Fibers, one of Oregon's largest and oldest mixed-recycling companies, garbage alchemy has long been big business.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD
Business and civic leaders weigh the risks and rewards of going green.
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