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Election ballots will soon be arriving

County elections offices in the state of Oregon will begin mailing general election ballots out to voters today. All ballots are due back in the hands of election officials by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, or they will not be counted.

To cut down on mailings and phone calls from the campaigns and political parties, voters are urged to get their ballots turned in early. It really works! Ballots may be mailed, or they may be dropped at an official ballot drop site; check your county elections office for a list of those. Be aware that postmarks do not count.

The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC) has issued its endorsements in 45 races for the Oregon Legislature, including 35 House races and 10 Senate races. The ONPAC endorsement process is bipartisan, and is based on which candidates are nursery friendly. This time around, the committee endorsed 26 Republican candidates and 21 Democratic candidates. There were dual endorsements in two races.

View the list of ONPAC endorsements!

Oregon faces federal deadline for ID compliance

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave Oregon until next June to comply with the Real ID Act of 2005, which laid out a series of higher standards for state-issued identification cards. These higher standards require proof of legal U.S. residency and additional security measures that make the ID cards harder to replicate.

Although states are not required to meet the Real ID standards, not doing so will have consequences for residents.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said it intends to stop accepting non-compliant IDs on Jan. 22, 2018. If Oregon does not comply with the Real ID Act by that date, state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards would no longer be accepted for "federal purposes" including boarding an aircraft or entering a federal facility.

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OAN Annual Convention

Come celebrate the past sunny year and help us forecast a bright future at the OAN Convention — November 4 & 5 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Join your fellow OAN members for some fun in the sun. Enjoy social time with old and new friends, take part in a panel discussion of the emerging issues affecting nurseries, and honor the industry's achievers at the annual President's Awards Banquet. Complimentary child care provided.

Reserve your room now! Call Sunriver at 800-547-3922 for reservations in this limited room block.

Register today!

Need help with your safety program?

A great safety program is crucial to ensure your workplace is safe. OAN members have access to our online library of 150 safety and health related handouts and posters. Downloads include attitude and awareness, confined spaces, fire safety and emergency response, hazard communication, lifting and moving material, safety posters, and personal protection. Each document is offered in both English and Spanish. Visit the safety page to browse the safety handouts (Members only).

Oregon's Mandatory Sick Leave

Questions about the implementation of Oregon's new mandatory sick leave law? Check out this short educational video from the OAN's legal counsel, Jordan Ramis PC, and employment lawyer Amy Robinson, explaining Oregon's new sick leave law and how it affects Oregon employers. View the video

Online video highlights importance of farm shop safety

There's lots you can do to lower your risk of workplace injuries. This entertaining, yet educational video, produced by SAIF Corporation in conjunction with the OAN, highlights the seven most common problem areas found around the farm shop and what you can do to improve safety for you and your employees. Topics include the safe use of grinders and compressed air, arc welding, energy control and more. For more safety and health resources, visit the SAIF website.

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