Oregon Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Oregon's Family Leave Act (OFLA) requires employers to grant eligible employees unpaid time off for a variety of family- and health-related reasons. The Act covers employers with 25 or more employees (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 659A.150et seq.).
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Employees may take family leave for the following reasons:
• To care for an infant or newly adopted child under 18 years of age, for a newly placed foster child under 18 years of age, or for an adopted or foster child older than 18 years of age if the child is incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability (within 12 months of the birth, adoption, or placement).
• To care for a family member with a serious health condition.
• To recover from or seek treatment for the employee’s own serious health condition that renders the employee unable to perform at least one of the essential functions of the employee’s regular position.
• To care for a child of the employee who is suffering from an illness, injury, or condition that is not a serious health condition but that requires home care. An employer is not required to grant leave for routine medical or dental appointments (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 659A.159).
An employee who is unable to work because of a disabling compensable injury under the state's workers' compensation law will not be eligible for family leave under state law (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 659A.150).
Note: An employer need not grant leave to care for a sick child if another family member is available to do so.
"Family member" means spouse of an employee; same-sex domestic partners; the biological, adoptive, or foster parent or child of the employee; the grandparent or grandchild of the employee; a parent-in-law of the employee; ...

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