Bend Business Roundup 1-25-19

Bend Business Roundup 1-25-19

Happy Friday,

Here’s some stuff you might like.

Business: If you’re looking for a new and, ah, unique beach vacation spot, Kim Jong-Un’s got just the place. North Korea is planning a new beach resort, and we’ll just let CNN sum things up for you: “The tourist zone is in an area that’s simultaneously been used for ballistic missile launches and, in April 2017, what state media describes as North Korea’s largest ever artillery drill.” Sounds nice.

Law: Sexual harassment claims are very serious and expensive things for employers and horrendous for the harassment victims. It’s important for employers to remember that they may be liable for employee-to-employee harassment, i.e. not by ownership or management, if the employer knew or should have known about the harassment. My law school classmate Diane Buisman has a helpful piece in Oregon Business describing some steps for employers to help stop harassment and to minimize their liability.

Politics: If aliens landed in Oregon and inquired as to the state’s finances, they would learn that Oregon’s strong economy is throwing off more state tax revenue than ever before. They would also learn, to their surprise and confusion, that Oregon at the same time is challenged to balance its budget in this biennium, and is likely to seek yet more tax revenue to do so. Then they would see that Oregon might do away with the recently enacted and money-saving prohibition on the state paying for more than one employee insurance policy covering the same family and they would shake their heads and promptly get back in their space ship and go someplace more sane.

Et cetera aka Portland’s sometimes fascination with authoritarian regimes and art reminiscent of authoritarian regimes:  A couple weeks ago, we reported on a really weird Pyongyangesque memorial to Teddy Roosevelt that graced Portland’s waterfront in the 1930s. This week, we couldn’t pass up a report from the Oregon Historical Society of the widespread (though not quite unanimous) support from the Portland public and city government for German sailors visiting the Rose City aboard the Nazi cruiser Emden in 1936. The sailors paraded through downtown Portland. Some of the human rights atrocities of the Nazis was known at the time, and five years later, of course, the U.S. was at war with Nazi Germany (Thanks to BBR reader Kurt Bennett for this tip).

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Have a great weekend!

Jeff started EagerLaw PC to help Oregon entrepreneurs succeed in business. Jeff worked in Washington, D.C. for Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, served as Mayor of the City of Bend, and has been practicing law in Oregon for over a decade. Jeff believes strongly in entrepreneurship and enjoys making the legal side of business transparent and easy for his clients.

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