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Kent Pearson has practiced labor and employment law for over 35 years. Kent prides himself on being a “trouble preventer” for clients by helping them understand the issues and risks before problems arise. Kent has broad experience counseling employers on wage and hour matters, employment agreements, employer personnel policies, plant closing and other labor and employment issues. 

Kent defends employers in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies including the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor. Kent also assists employers with labor matters, including union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, and labor relations training for supervisors.

A North Carolina native, Kent was introduced to Portland during a summer law clerkship and fell in love with the Northwest. A big fan of the outdoors, Kent enjoys cycling, bikepacking, and trail running. A true weekend warrior, Kent has competed in triathlons and is an Ironman USA finisher.  


  • Inspection of I-9 Forms During COVID-19 - Bullard Alert, March 2020


  • DOL Proposes New Rules Regarding the Overtime "Regular Rate" - Bullard Alert, April 2019


  • U.S. Department of Labor Changes Course on Interns - Bullard Alert, January 2018


  • DOL Salary Threshold Increase Appears Dead - For Now - Bullard Alert, September 2017
  • New I-9 Form Takes Effect September 18, 2017 - Bullard Alert, July 2017
  • Court Rejects BOLI’s Position In Manufacturing Overtime Dispute - Bullard Alert, March 2017
  • New Form I-9 Required After 01/21/17 - Bullard Alert, January 2017


  • BREAKING NEWS: Texas Court Issues Order Enjoining DOL's Final Salary Threshold Rule - Bullard Alert, November 2016
  • Increased Salary Level Test for the Fair Labor Standards Act to Take Effect December 1, 2016 - Bullard Alert, November 2016
  • OSHA Reporting Requirements for Workplace Illnesses and Injuries to Take Effect January 1, 2017 - Bullard Alert, November 2016
  • Sweet Dreams:  Don’t Let Overnight Exemption Issues Become Nightmares - Manufactured Housing Communities of Oregon, September 2016
  • Ninth Circuit Allows Tip Pooling Rules to Extend to All Employers - Bullard Alert, March 2016


  • Law That Keeps Cities from Raising Minimum Wage is Under Attack - Oregon NFIB, March 2015


  • Litigating Final Wage Claims: The Good, The Bad and The Unexpected - The Verdict, May 2011
  • US Supreme Court Decision Seems to Expand Protections for Employee FLSA Complaints - Bullard Alert, March 2011


  • Employee Free Choice Act Introduced in Congress - Bullard Alert, March 2009
  • USCIS Delays New Form I-9 For 60 Days - Bullard Alert, February 2009


  • No-Match Letters from CIS Require Action by Employers - Portland Business Journal, January 2008


  • Federal Court Temporarily Blocks New Safe Harbor Rules for Employers Who Receive a "No-Match Letter" - Bullard Alert, September 2007
  • Oregon Appellate Court Revives Claim for Rest Breaks - Bullard Alert, June 2007
  • Employee Fired for Alleged Insubordination - Bureau of National Affairs, January 2007


  • "What’s in Your Payroll Records?" - BOLI 35th Annual Employment Law Conference, November 2019
  • FLSA and Wage & Hour - Xenium HR, April 2019


  • Mediation From the Legal Perspective - Manufactured Housing Communities of Oregon Annual Conference, October 2018
  • Oregon Equal Pay Act - Bullard Law Workshop, August 2018
  • National Labor Relations Board Update - Bullard Law Workshop, February 2018


  • Wage and Hour Update - Bureau of Labor and Industries 33rd Annual Conference, October 2017
  • Current Issues on Immigration Compliance - Bullard Law Annual Briefing, October 2017
  • Employment Law: 2017 Annual Conference and Management Training Seminar - Manufactured Housing Communities of Oregon, October 2017
  • Webinar: Union Bargaining - Vesta Hospitality Client Training, June 2017
  • Emcee - Bullard Law Public Sector Symposium, May 2017
  • Predictive Scheduling and Changes in Overtime for Factories, Mills, and Manufacturing Establishments: What Does it Mean for You? - Bullard Workshop, April and September 2017


  • FLSA Overtime Changes - Bureau of Labor and Industries Annual Employment Law Conference, November 2016
  • HR Compliance - Xenium Roundtable: The State of HR, October 2016
  • Wage & Hour Workshop - Bullard Workshop, June 2016
  • Oregon Sick Leave and Proposed FLSA Regulations - Douglas County SHRM, February 2016


  • Get Ready: Oregon Sick Leave and Proposed FLSA Regulations - Bullard Workshop, September 2015
  • Election by Ambush: The New NLRB Rules and Immediate Steps Employers Should Take - Bullard Workshop, April 2015
  • Clearing the Air on Oregon’s New Personal Pot Law and the Workplace - Lower Columbia Human Resource Management Association, February 2015


  • Wage and Hour Update - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2014
  • What's In Your Time Records? - Bullard Wage and Hour Workshop, August 2014
  • Retaliation and Whistleblowers in the Workplace - Bullard Public Sector Symposium, April 2014


  • Wage and Hour Update - Bureau of Labor and Industries Annual Employment Law Conference, November 2012
  • "Something's Weird and it Don't Look Good" Eleventh Hour Disability Claims: Too Late? - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Briefing, October 2012
  • The White Collar Worker Exemptions - Bureau of Labor and Industries, March 2012
  • Labor 101 - Oregon Medical Association, March 2012


  • Oregon Wage and Hour Update - Bureau of Labor and Industries Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2011
  • Oregon Wage and Hour Update - Bullard Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2011
  • Interplay Between Employment Law & Bargaining - Bullard Labor Law Symposium, September 2011
  • Exempt v. Non-Exempt (Identifying and Classifying Employees) - Bullard Boot Camp, March 2011
  • Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims;Recent Developments in Labor Law; Social Media in the Healthcare Workplace - Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, March 2011


  • Tips for Navigating BOLI - NALS, the Association for Legal Professionals, December 2010


  • Labor Update - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2008


  • Exempt versus Non-Exempt: White Collar Exemptions - Bureau of Labor and Industries Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2007
  • What Can HR Managers Do for a Greener Oregon? - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2007
  • Workplace Privacy and the Electronic Workplace - Rogue Valley Society for Human Resource Management, May 2007
  • Wage and Hour - State of Oregon, February 2007
  • Age Discrimination, Title VII, Pregnancy Discrimination Act - Concordia University, January 2007


  • Contracts, Employee Agreements, Labor Relations - Tatum Partner, November 2006
  • What Employers Need to Know About Recent Immigration Developments - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2006


  • Wage and Hour Law Update - Bullard Law Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2005
  • Labor and Employment Law Overview - MBA Concordia University, June 2005