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Eugene, Oregon Moving Ahead With Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Following the lead of larger cities like Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, the City Council of Eugene, Oregon is moving ahead with plans for a mandatory sick leave ordinance. Following the presentation of a 70-page Task Force report on June 18, the Council voted to draft a formal ordinance for consideration at its next meeting in July.

Federal Judge Approves Contractual Limitation on Time to Bring Employment Claims Under Oregon Law

A federal court in Oregon recently ruled that employment agreements may impose a reasonable limitation on the time period in which an employee may bring statutory and common law claims against his or her employer, even when that time period is shorter than the statute of limitations.

Portland Bar, Restaurant Liable for Unpaid Wages due Predecessor’s Employees, Oregon High Court Holds

An employer that acquired the assets of a defunct bar and restaurant and continued to operate a restaurant on the same premises was liable for unpaid wages owed to the defunct restaurant’s former employees, the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled. Blachana LLC v. Bureau of Labor and Industries, No. S060789 (Ore. Jan. 16, 2014).

Oregon Becomes First State to Require Bereavement Leave

Effective January 1, 2014, Oregon became the first state in the nation to require employers to provide bereavement leave. The new provision, an addition to the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), requires employers with 25 or more employees in the state to provide up to two weeks of unpaid time for bereavement. Additional time must be granted if multiple family members die within the same year, up to a maximum of 12 weeks of family leave per year under the OFLA.

Oregon's Minimum Wage Increases And Relaxes Direct Deposit Laws

On January 1, 2014, the Oregon minimum wage increased from $8.95 to $9.10 an hour.

New Year Means New Employment Laws in Oregon

Employers with operations in Oregon should ensure their policies and practices are in compliance with the state’s new employment laws going into effect on January 1, 2014. The new laws will affect the day-to-day operations of many businesses.

Oregon’s New Bereavement Leave Benefit—What Every Employer Should Know

Effective January 1, 2014, Oregon employers subject to the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) must allow eligible employees to take up to two weeks of unpaid leave to deal with the death of a family member.

Portland’s Sick Leave Ordinance—What Every Employer Should Know

Effective January 1, 2014, Portland’s sick leave ordinance goes into effect. The ordinance applies to any private sector employer (both within and outside of the state of Oregon) that employs individuals who work within the city of Portland.

FAQ: What Employers Need To Know About Portland Paid Sick Leave

Beginning January 1, 2014, Portland, Oregon will require most employers to offer paid sick leave to their employees. The following list of Frequently Asked Questions will help employers get up to speed with the ordinance and accompanying administrative regulations.

Final Regulations Clarify and Expand Portland Sick Leave Law Requirements

On November 1, 2013, the City Attorney’s office published Administrative Rules to help implement Portland’s new Sick Leave Ordinance. Under the ordinance, beginning January 1, 2014, private-sector employers doing business in Portland that have six or more employees will be required to provide qualifying employees with a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work performed by the employee. Employers doing business in Portland that have five or fewer employees will be required to provide unpaid sick leave for every 30 hours of work performed by qualifying employees.