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Oregon Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Oregon state law requiring employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid sick leave, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit. However, it is important to note that if an employer promises to provide sick leave, that employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or other written materials to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, they should be changed and employees should be notified of the changes.
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Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), covered employees have the right to substitute sick days for any part of a leave taken because of their own serious health condition or to care for a spouse, child, or parent. The Act does not supersede state laws if they provide greater leave rights to employees. Employers that provide sick leave and are covered by both state law and the federal FMLA should carefully review the various provisions of both laws to make sure that employees receive the more liberal leave benefits.
Furthermore, under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), permitting the use of accrued paid leave or unpaid leave is a form of reasonable accommodation when necessitated by an employee's disability. An employer must allow the individual to use any accrued paid leave first. If that is insufficient to cover the entire period, the employer should grant unpaid leave. There is additional information and details.
Effective January 1, 2014, private employers in the city of Portland with at least six employees are required to provide ...

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This report, "Top 100 FLSA Q&As", is designed to provide you with an examination of the federal FLSA overtime regulations in Q&A format, including valuable tips for bringing your workplace into compliance in an affordable manner.

At the end of the report, you will find a list of state resources on wage and hour issues. This report includes practical advice on topics such as:
  • FLSA Coverage: How FLSA regulations apply to all employers and any specific exemptions from the overtime requirements
  • Salary Level: Qualifying for exemptions and nonexempt employees
  • Deductions from Pay: Deducting for violations, disciplinary reasons, sick leave, or personal leave


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