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    WEATHER
East Oregonian
Page 2A
REGIONAL CITIES
Forecast
SUNDAY
TODAY
MONDAY
Chilly with rain and
drizzle
Rather cloudy, a
shower; chilly
40° 32°
47° 35°
TUESDAY
A couple of
showers
Snow possible in
the morning
PENDLETON TEMPERATURE FORECAST
50° 40°
52° 34°
42° 27°
HERMISTON TEMPERATURE FORECAST
50° 35°
42° 31°
PENDLETON
through 3 p.m. yesterday
TEMPERATURE
HIGH
LOW
55°
34°
47°
29°
68° (2007) -10° (1936)
PRECIPITATION
24 hours ending 3 p.m.
Month to date
Normal month to date
Year to date
Last year to date
Normal year to date
0.12"
0.96"
0.70"
2.61"
2.17"
2.08"
HERMISTON
through 3 p.m. yesterday
LOW
John Day
42/31
Ontario
42/30
Bend
42/29
53°
33°
48°
29°
70° (1948) -15° (1936)
Burns
39/23
0.02"
0.68"
0.59"
2.37"
1.34"
1.87"
SUN AND MOON
Sunrise today
Sunset tonight
Moonrise today
Moonset today
Last
New
6:52 a.m.
5:26 p.m.
12:36 a.m.
10:52 a.m.
First
Full
Feb 26
Mar 5
Mar 12
Caldwell
48/35
Astoria
Baker City
Bend
Brookings
Burns
Enterprise
Eugene
Heppner
Hermiston
John Day
Klamath Falls
La Grande
Meacham
Medford
Newport
North Bend
Ontario
Pasco
Pendleton
Portland
Redmond
Salem
Spokane
Ukiah
Vancouver
Walla Walla
Yakima
Hi
49
41
42
50
39
41
50
42
42
42
45
42
39
53
49
51
42
42
40
49
45
51
39
40
50
39
45
Lo
38
26
29
42
23
28
39
30
31
31
29
32
30
37
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30
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NATIONAL WEATHER TODAY
Sun.
Hi
50
41
43
52
38
40
51
46
50
43
44
43
40
55
51
55
44
48
47
49
48
52
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Lo
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31
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47
25
26
42
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35
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WORLD CITIES
Today
Beijing
Hong Kong
Jerusalem
London
Mexico City
Moscow
Paris
Rome
Seoul
Sydney
Tokyo
Hi
51
74
50
53
76
36
51
59
37
80
49
Lo
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58
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WINDS
Medford
53/37
PRECIPITATION
24 hours ending 3 p.m.
Month to date
Normal month to date
Year to date
Last year to date
Normal year to date
Feb 18
Albany
50/39
Eugene
50/39
TEMPERATURE
Yesterday
Normals
Records
43° 29°
Spokane
Wenatchee
39/31
40/28
Tacoma
Moses
49/36
Lake
Pullman
Aberdeen Olympia
Yakima 39/30
43/31
49/38
49/36
45/29
Longview
Kennewick Walla Walla
49/38
39/34 Lewiston
43/30
Astoria
47/33
49/38
Portland
Enterprise
Hermiston
49/38
Pendleton 41/28
The Dalles 42/31
40/32
43/32
La Grande
Salem
42/32
51/40
Corvallis
51/41
HIGH
51° 31°
Seattle
50/39
ALMANAC
Yesterday
Normals
Records
51° 39°
Today
WEDNESDAY
Rain tapering off
Saturday, February 18, 2017
(in mph)
Boardman
Pendleton
Klamath Falls
45/29
REGIONAL FORECAST
Eastern Washington: Mostly cloudy with
showers today; snow above 3,000 feet.
Showers tapering off tonight.
Cascades: Showers today with snow above
4,000 feet. A rain or snow shower in spots
tonight.
Northern California: Breezy with rain this
morning tapering to showers this afternoon.
Snow above 4,500 feet.
Sunday
WSW 3-6
WSW 4-8
UV INDEX TODAY
Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.
Coastal Oregon: Mostly cloudy today and
tonight with some showers. Periods of rain
tomorrow.
Eastern and Central Oregon: Showers
today, but a bit of snow and rain in central
parts and near the Cascades.
Western Washington: Mostly cloudy with
some showers today. Some clouds with a
shower in spots tonight.
Today
WSW 3-6
W 3-6
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0s
10s
rain
20s
flurries
30s
40s
snow
ice
50s
60s
cold front
70s
80s
90s
100s
warm front stationary front
110s
high
low
National Summary: Much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation will be sunny and warm
today. Showers will dampen part of the South. Stormy weather will push inland over the
Southwest with spotty rain and snow in the Northwest.
Yesterday’s National Extremes: (for the 48 contiguous states)
High 89° in Edinburg, Texas
Low -2° in Watertown, N.Y.
NATIONAL CITIES
Today
Albuquerque
Atlanta
Atlantic City
Baltimore
Billings
Birmingham
Boise
Boston
Charleston, SC
Charleston, WV
Chicago
Cleveland
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
El Paso
Fairbanks
Fargo
Honolulu
Houston
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Little Rock
Los Angeles
Hi
60
64
60
65
53
63
52
45
75
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62
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79
64
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68
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69
54
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Hi
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68
54
75
47
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64
61
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64
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58
11
52
77
80
63
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Louisville
Memphis
Miami
Milwaukee
Minneapolis
Nashville
New Orleans
New York City
Oklahoma City
Omaha
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Portland, ME
Providence
Raleigh
Rapid City
Reno
Sacramento
St. Louis
Salt Lake City
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Tucson
Washington, DC
Wichita
Hi
61
65
83
56
55
62
75
58
66
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63
64
40
46
74
62
52
60
70
56
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Lo
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37
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47
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Sun.
Hi
67
76
86
44
59
68
79
59
71
66
64
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53
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64
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57
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60
68
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Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain,
sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.
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Bill would prevent employers from recovering attorney fees in wage disputes
By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI
Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregon
employers would be stripped
of the ability to recoup
attorney fees if they win a
wage and hour lawsuit under
a proposed bill before state
lawmakers, while another
would allow claimants to
file liens on their employer’s
property before winning a
judgment.
Only employees who file
and win such cases would
be entitled to attorney fees
under House Bill 2169,
which is being considered
by the House Committee on
Business and Labor.
Currently, either workers
or employers can recover
such costs if they win legal
disputes over wage and hour
claims.
Proponents of HB 2169
argue the current system
effectively prevents workers
from filing lawsuits when
employers have paid less
than the minimum wage or
made improper wage deduc-
tions.
“It serves as a real deter-
rent for low-asset households
to proceed with legitimate
claims,” said Michael Dale,
executive director of the
Northwest Workers’ Justice
Project, during a Feb. 13
committee hearing.
Judges would still retain
the right to penalize plaintiffs
and their lawyers for cases
that are deemed frivolous,
Dale said. “I think it balances
out.”
Attorneys who represent
workers in labor disputes
said their clients are typically
unwilling to risk paying tens
of thousands of dollars in
attorney fees over disputes
involving several hundred
dollars in wages.
“It guarantees bankruptcy
for the individual,” said
attorney David Schuck.
Opponents of HB 2169
argue the law should remain
impartial as to who can
recoup attorney fees in wage
and hour lawsuits.
“We don’t think Oregon
law should stack the deck
against one side or the
other,” said Anthony Smith,
state director for the National
Federation of Independent
Business.
Tim Bernasek, an attorney
representing the Oregon
Farm Bureau, said judges
ultimately decide whether
such awards are appropriate,
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so workers don’t necessarily
have to pay the opposing
side’s attorney fees when
they lose a dispute.
The prospect of being
liable for attorney fees has
a “sobering effect” on both
parties in such disputes,
Bernasek said. “It’s important
to keep that balance.”
Representatives
of
Oregon’s business commu-
nity testified they were also
troubled by other proposals
aimed at strengthening the
position of workers in litiga-
tion against employers.
“Wage theft is already
illegal and none of the bills
before you make it any more
illegal,” said Betsy Earls,
vice president of Associated
Oregon Industries.
Under House Bill 2180,
workers who file a complaint
over unpaid wages can file a
lien against their employer’s
property.
Supporters of HB 2180
say the change is necessary
because companies can
transfer assets or change
their names, preventing
employees from collecting
unpaid wages even when
they’ve won court judg-
ments.
Opponents of the bill
question its fairness, since a
lien can impede the ability to
sell property, hurt a compa-
ny’s creditworthiness and
otherwise disrupt business
transactions, even if the wage
claim is unfounded.
“The
due
process
concerns are significant,”
said Bernasek.
Similarly, under House
Bill 2181, if a worker is
fired within 90 days of
filing a wage claim, the
employer faces the “rebut-
table presumption” that the
termination was intended as
retaliation.
According to proponents,
this revision levels the
playing field.
“Proving retaliation is
very difficult,” said Dale.
“You have to get in some-
one’s head based on some-
thing they did in the past.”
Critics of HB 2181
argue it’s just as difficult
for employers to prove they
were not retaliating against
workers.
“You’re telling me I’m
guilty until I prove I’m inno-
cent,” said Smith.