In this Blog category you will find articles about employment law. Personal Injury at work and insurance claims may require the help of an attorney. A good lawyer can protect your rights under the law.

OSHA Cites Safety Violations, Issues Substantial Fine Against Ross Island Bridge Paint Contractor

Falling consistently ranks among the top causes of workplace injuries and deaths, and is the #1 killer of construction workers. In 2015, 11% of 44 fatal workplace accidents that took place in Oregon were falls. This year, painters on the Ross Island Bridge were exposed to treacherous conditions when their contractor failed to follow basic safety regulations to protect them from hazardous falls. Two painters suffered serious injuries, prompting an investigation into the project, which the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division just completed after four months. Upon discovery […]

By |September 14th, 2017|Employment Law|

Uber Attempts to Win Portland by Offering Transportation Funds

Rideshare company, Uber, has seen its fair share of controversy right here in Portland, Oregon since its arrival in 2013. From accusations of using special software to avoid regulation attempts by city officials to accusations of intentionally overcharging customers, the service has generated a fair share of opposition. Recently, in an attempt to revamp its image in a more positive light, the company made a tempting proposal to the Oregon Legislature.

Uber Attempts to Avoid Regulation in Portland…again

Just a few years […]

By |June 29th, 2017|Employment Law|

Intel Severance Agreements: Devil in the details


Intel workers probably do not realize what is given up when a severance agreement is signed. Severance agreement terms may differ among classes of employees. Some Intel severance agreements may include a term forfeiting rights under ERISA. ERISA is the vast federal law governing employee benefits including pensions and disability. Signing such a release could mean forfeiting long term disability benefits, for example. Do not sign an Intel release unless you are absolutely sure what you are getting and….giving up.

By |June 15th, 2015|Employment Law, Long Term Disability|

Another happy client…

This came in today. We are smiling and humbled. Thank you, LK! -Richard Rizk


Dear Richard,

You’ve received a client review on your Avvo profile.

Overall Rating:
5 stars

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Attorney Richard Rizk and paralegal Don Nash for their tremendous work on a complex and challenging array of cases. I initially met Richard in the summer of 2011 after I had been involved in an on-the-job, no fault auto accident. As we neared close to settling […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Auto Accidents, Employment Law, General News|

OSHA Slow to Implement Ebola Healthcare Safety Regulations


With Ebola an increasing concern, advocacy groups are calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to quickly move forward with an infectious-disease rule that has been on the docket since 2010. Although OSHA has created a new web page with information about protecting workers in industries at high risk of exposure, including healthcare, the agency has been slow in implementing directives.

OSHA’s new website provides Ebola guidelines for:

  • Cleaning and disinfection of contaminated surfaces
  • Use of protective equipment (such as gloves, gowns, face shield/goggles and facemasks)
  • Waste disposal of contaminated material
  • Use of appropriate […]
By |October 24th, 2014|Employment Law|

The Real Meaning of Labor Day


Labor Day, the first Monday of September, is more than just a day off work. It is a celebration of the American Labor Movement and a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of this country.

Poor Working Conditions Call for Change

The Labor Day holiday originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal times. At the height of the Industrial revolution in the late 1800s, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to earn a basic living. Children as young as […]

By |August 30th, 2014|Employment Law|

Occupational Safety a Right of All Workers

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all accidents and are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of occupational fatalities. Employers are required by law to provide employees with working conditions......

By |March 7th, 2014|Employment Law, Personal Injury, Premises Liability|

Comcast Employees Lose Right to Jury Trial

In an effort to avoid costly civil litigation from claims brought by employees for harassment, discrimination, back pay, and wrongful termination, Comcast is now coxing its employees to sign an agreement barring access to justice through jury trial. The program, called “Comcast......

By |December 9th, 2013|Employment Law|

OSHA and NIOSH Set Legal Limits on Workplace Noise Exposure

Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million are exposed to chemicals causing hearing damage. An estimated $242 million is spent annually on......

By |October 22nd, 2013|Employment Law, Personal Injury|

Prohibited Workplace Discrimination

Did you know that, under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee),in every aspect of employment, because of that person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic......

By |October 22nd, 2013|Employment Law|