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CAT Forms now Available Online

Forms for Oregon’s Corporate Activity Tax are now available on the Department of Revenue website.

Go to the Revenue forms page and scroll down to Corporate Activity Tax or type “corporate” in the search box.

Taxpayers with general questions about the CAT can email cat.help.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-945-8005.


Learn more about the CAT here.


OSHA COVID RULES

March 2021 Update: OR-OSHA has proposed permanent COVID-19 rules for all businesses. OFB has been actively tracking this issue since the temporary rules and were members of the rulemaking advisory committee that advised on the permanent rules.

OR-OSHA needs to hear from you! Use the message box and the talking points below to write into the administrative record expressing your concerns! Or email tech.web@oregon.gov directly. Comments close on April 2nd!

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning to start scheduling more proactive inspections and enforcement actions soon as employers adjust to the new workplace rules. OSHA Temporary COVID Rules remain in effect until May 4, 2021 unless revised or repealed. The rules apply to ‘all workplaces and workers subject to Oregon OSHA’s jurisdiction.’ Direct access to all of the templates and guidelines are on our COVID website. Employee Notification on COVID-19 is required.

  • Employers must post the OSHA notice.
  • Risk Exposure Assessment & Infection Control Plan are required.
  • Employee training must be completed by December 21.
  • Ventilation Requirements (all workplaces): January 6, 2021.

OSHA will focus on industries that have seen the most complaints. That likely means that retail, grocery, restaurants, agriculture, and food processing companies will likely be the primary focus of new enforcement actions. Note: ag/food processing will be subjected to ‘enhanced’ on-sites as well. Most inspections will still be prompted by complaints. Increased enforcement is expected so we want our members to be safe and prepared. Ensure you are meeting the new OSHA requirements listed on the next page and on our website.



Oregon Workplace Fairness Act

All employers are required by law to have a clear policy to reduce and prevent harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault, as a result of legislative action in 2019. The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act requires all Oregon employers to adopt a written policy containing procedures and practices to reduce and prevent specific types of unlawful discrimination and sexual assault.

At a minimum, the policy must:

(a) Provide a process for employees to report prohibited conduct;

(b) Identify the individual or position (for example the Store Manager or HR Director) as well as an alternate individual or position to whom an employee can report of prohibited conduct;

(c) Include a statement that an employee who pursues legal action on alleged conduct prohibited by ORS 659A.030, 659A.082 or 659A.112 must do so no later than five years after the occurrence of the violation;

(d) Include a statement that an employer may not require or coerce an employee to enter into a nondisclosure or non-disparagement agreement, including a description of the meaning of those terms;

(e) Include an explanation that an employee claiming to be aggrieved by unlawful discrimination or sexual assault may voluntarily request to enter into a settlement, separation or severance agreement which contains a nondisclosure, non-disparagement, or no-rehire provision only if the employee has at least seven days to revoke the agreement after signing; and

(f) Include a statement that advises employers and employees to document any incidents involving unlawful discrimination and sexual assault.

All employers must:

(a) Make the policy available to employees within the workplace;

(b) Provide a copy of the policy to each employee at the time of hire; and

(c) Require any individual who is designated by the employer to receive complaints to provide a copy of the policy to an employee at the time that the employee discloses information regarding prohibited discrimination or harassment.



Be Road Safe!

To help keep both motorists and farmers safe, the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Health & Safety Committee offers a video and free brochure with important tips on how to share the road safely with farm equipment.

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More Valuable Links

OR-OSHA "Fighting farmland and rangeland wildfires" publication.

Guide to Farm Trucking in Oregon – ODOT, online version.

OSU Extension Cereal Newsletters – online reports by count.y


Crop Quality Oregon State Reports.

Grain Bin Safety Flyer.


SAIF: Agriculture and farm safety. Find information on agricultural safety and regulations, including pesticides, farm vehicles, seasonal workers, and more.

Visit the Oregon OSHA website to learn more about agricultural safety and regulations.

View the 2020 Seed Buying Guide here.

Worker Protection Standards

Web-Based Training for Trainers of Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers under the National Worker Protection Standard (WPS) – Train the Trainer course – online, 24/7 training

WPS Compliance Assistance Library – A comprehensive guide with links to FAQ and more.

WPS: A Manual for Trainers of Ag Workers & Pesticide Handlers

PERC website – Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative

“How to Comply” Manual




Federal Motor Carrier Medical Card Waiver Extended

FMCSA has had a waiver in place since March to allow commercial driver license holders who are subject to federal rules to continue to hold commercial driving privileges with expired certificates. These Medical Examiner Certificate (MEC) waivers will be extended as follows:

  • If a driver certifies a driving type of “non-excepted interstate” and their MEC was valid for a period of 90 or more days and expired on or after Sept. 1, 2020, then a MEC emergency condition waiver will be placed on their record with an expiration date of Feb. 28, 2021. “Non-expected interstate” drivers whose prior MEC expired before September 1, 2020 or was valid for a period less than 90 days will not qualify for this new waiver.
  • If a driver certifies a driving type of “non-excepted intrastate” or “excepted interstate” and the driver’s prior MEC was valid for a period of 90 or more days and expired on or after March 1, 2020, and before Feb. 28, 2021, a MEC emergency condition waiver will be placed on their driving record with an expiration date of February 28, 2021.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Oregon DMV have taken steps to help keep the holders of commercial driver licenses (CDL) and commercial learner permits (CLP) on the road during the COVID-19 response.

DMV is continuing to provide CLP knowledge tests and first-time CDL issuances by appointment only at six offices across Oregon.

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Driver License, Vehicle Tag Grace Period Extended

Oregon residents with a vehicle registration, permit or driver license expiring between Nov. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, have up to three months after their expiration date without being cited by law enforcement for an expired license or tags. The Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon law enforcement agencies agreed to the new grace period as DMV catches up with a backlog due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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