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Oregon Minimum Wage Increase on July 1, 2017

June 28, 2017- A recent article written by Barran Liebman associate Andrew M. Narus reminds Oregon business owners of the next minimum wage increase, scheduled for July 1, 2017 (see full article here). This increase will affect all three Oregon county divisions accordingly:

  • $0.50 increase for non-urban counties (from $9.50 to $10)
  • $0.50 increase for standard counties (from $9.75 to $10.25)
  • $1.50 increase for the Portland Metro area (from $9.75 to $11.25)

This increase is a part of several annual minimum wage increases enacted by the 2016 Oregon Legislature through Senate Bill 1532. The series began on July 1, 2016 and will end on July 1, 2022, with a rate of $14.75 for the Portland Metro area.

Beginning July 1, employers will also be required to visibly display an updated minimum wage poster. It is important for Oregon business owners to be fully informed on how they will adapt their business policies accordingly to comply with these changes. Oregon business owners must act now to ensure compliance.

Lexi Goebel – Summer Intern – 503-430-0294

Acumen Launches Website Refresh

Acumen Recruiting proudly announces the launch of its newly updated website, a talent acquisition firm specializing in Director Level to C-suite leadership positions. The refresh comes one year after the announcement of, a subsidiary of Acumen Recruiting that focuses on mid-level managers and professionals. As part of its national expansion plan, and included in the rollout, is the introduction of an landing page, that is designed to enhance the overall user experience and better cater to individual needs
In addition to providing the most up-to-date job postings and a convenient submission tool, the websites offer a variety of resources including, industry news and reports; tutorials; and local community news and events. Content will be regularly updated to empower clients, partners, prospects, and the like, with vital industry-specific information.

Acumen Welcomes Molly Norton as Director of Talent Acquisition

As part of a national expansion plan, Acumen announced that Molly Norton has joined the firm as Director of Talent. Norton joins Acumen’s team of seasoned talent professionals and will contribute to the company’s ongoing growth strategy.

“I have enjoyed partnering with Acumen for the past two plus years and highly respect their holistic approach to consulting and talent acquisition. We are like-minded in our philosophy and level of dedication. I look forward to working together to coach and develop professionals, and match them with rewarding opportunities,” – Norton.

Norton comes to Acumen after 13 years at A.T. Kearney in San Francisco, a top management consulting firm. Norton traveled globally to identify talent, build and implement enterprise software systems, and train leadership on performance management. By coupling her technical, analytical and creative expertise, Norton has achieved great success and has been formally recognized for her accomplishments. She also owned and operated her own talent strategy firm in Portland, Oregon.

“We are pleased that Molly has joined our team. Her ethics and values are a good match for Acumen. We look forward to continuing on a positive path and Molly’s experience will also help in our efforts toward establishing a B-Corp,” – Suzanne Hanifin, President and Owner of Acumen.

About Acumen

Founded in 2007, Acumen is a Portland based search firm with a global reach. Acumen Executive Search caters to director and C-suite personnel, while Acumen Talent Search is dedicated to managers and professionals. Built on trust and partnership, the company delivers winning results through a strategic and consultative approach. Its seasoned team is committed to providing a boutique style experience resulting in Acumen’s 80 percent client retention rate.

Molly Norton – Director of Talent – 503-430-0294