On May 24, 2023, Governor Tina Kotek signed into law legislation raising the maximum penalties for workplace fatality–related citations in Oregon far above federal limits. The law took effect immediately.
Articles Discussing General Topics In Oregon Labor & Employment Law.
Oregon Legislature Contemplating Updates to the Oregon Safe Employment Act with Oregon Senate Bill 592 (SB 592)
SB 592, if enacted, would create significant changes to the Oregon Safe Employment Act including:
Allowing for “comprehensive inspection of any place of employment as deemed necessary by the department based upon the prior violation history of the place of employment regarding any state occupational safety or health law,
Oregon Joins the Growing Number of States Loosening COVID-19 Requirements in the Workplace
Effective April 3, 2023, Oregon OSHA suspended its rules addressing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Amended Work Clothing Rules via Oregon OSHA Administrative Order 1-2023.
The COVID-19 rules have been temporarily suspended as an interim measure until Oregon OSHA implements the permanent rulemaking process to fully repeal the
Unionized Oregon Employers Have Until March 31, 2023, to Collect Employee Contributions to Paid Leave Oregon
Oregon employers with collective bargaining agreements have until March 31, 2023, to begin deducting employee contributions to Paid Leave Oregon, the Paid Leave Oregon Advisory Committee clarified on March 1, 2023.
Oregon Legislature Proposes Significant Penalty Increases for Workplace Safety Violations
The Oregon Legislature, in response to concerns that the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) penalties were not sufficient, introduced legislation (Senate Bill (SB) 592) that would significantly increase the amounts of civil penalties for violations and allow Oregon OSHA to conduct in-depth, wall-to-wall inspections under certain circumstances.
Holiday Gift for Oregon Employers: Security Screenings Are Not Compensable Absent Contract, Custom, or Practice
On December 15, 2022, the Oregon Supreme Court gave employers important clarity regarding the compensability of time spent in post-shift security screenings.
How Employers Can Prepare for Oregon’s Paid Family Leave Program
Oregon’s Paid Family Leave program commences on January 1, 2023. As an initial step, most Oregon employers must alert employees about the program and begin paying into the state insurance plan. The law requires employers post the Oregon Employment Department’s model notice at the worksite and distribute the same notice
Oregon, Colorado Declare Public Health Emergencies Triggering Leave Requirements
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza cases are surging across the United States while COVID-19 continues to spread. Faced with hospital beds filling up and experts warning that this could be one of the most severe respiratory illness seasons in recent years, two states—Oregon and Colorado—have declared public health emergencies
Colorado and Oregon Trigger Protections for Leaves Relating to Non-COVID Respiratory Illnesses
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of jurisdictions enacted sick leave laws specifically designed for absences due to COVID-19. Some states, however, enacted permanent changes to their leave laws that apply during a “public health emergency,” which can apply both to COVID-19 as well as other
November 30 Deadline: Equivalent Plan Applications for Oregon’s Paid Family Medical Leave Program Are Due
To be exempt from collecting and remitting contribution payments beginning on January 1, 2023 to Paid Leave Oregon, Oregon’s new paid family medical leave program, employers must submit by November 30, 2022 either an Equivalent Plan Application that meets the requirements for Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance (PFMLI) covering
Oregon and Washington Issue Joint Letter Providing Guidance on Paid Family Leave
Beginning on January 1, 2023, Oregon will join Washington and eleven other states in providing paid family leave to all employees.
Oregon Employment Department Releases Model Notice Poster for Paid Leave Oregon
The implementation date for Paid Leave Oregon is rapidly approaching, with contributions beginning on January 1, 2023. Although some details are still being finalized, the Oregon Employment Department (OED) has issued a model notice poster for employers to inform employees about some of the basics of Paid Leave Oregon.
Paid Leave Oregon Becomes Effective in 2023: What Employers Need to Know
Oregon’s paid family and medical leave insurance program, known as Paid Leave Oregon, or PLO, goes into effect on January 1, 2023, but employers may want to start preparing for and understanding the new law now.
Rules Governing Oregon’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program and Equivalent Plan Application Process Finalized
On July 22, 2022 and August 22, 2022, the Oregon Employment Department (OED) published its latest rules governing Oregon’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (PFMLI) program. The PFMLI program will be funded by employer and employee contributions in the form of payroll deductions beginning January 1, 2023
Oregon Equal Pay Act’s Temporary Exclusion of Hiring and Retention Bonuses Set to Expire on September 28, 2022
On September 28, 2022, amendments to Oregon’s Equal Pay Act excluding hiring and retention bonuses from the definition of “compensation” are set to expire.