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|Wednesday, December 14, 2011|
Oregon produces 31% of the national Christmas tree market, shipping them all over the United States and to Mexico.
Oregon’s annual Christmas tree harvest, the largest in the country, is big business. The state grows more holiday trees each year than any other place in America—6.4 million last year...Oregon ships 96 percent of its crop out of state, half of it to California. Evergreens in the Willamette Valley grow up to a foot a year, faster than anywhere else on the continent. And they go all over the continent, as far as Mexico, a country that’s increasingly important to this operation.
Last year, from the first week in November to the second week in December, Christmas trees earned the state’s economy more than $90 million. This year, with hopes that Oregon’s exports will grow to 6.6 million trees, Oregon’s freshman U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley sponsored a Senate resolution declaring last week “National Christmas Tree Week.” Lately, though, Christmas tree growers are more concerned about Mexico—where they get their labor and need to expand their market.
Read more at Willamette Week.
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
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This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.