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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, a newly adopted child under the age of 18, a newly placed foster child under 18, or an adopted or foster child over 18 if the child is incapable of self-care because of a physical or mental disability. Note that this leave must be completed within 12 months after the birth 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 (including pregnancy).
• To care for a child with an illness or injury 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 Admin. Rules 839-009-0230 ).
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; or a person with whom the employee was or is in a relationship of in loco parentis.
"Child," for the purposes of parental and sick child leave only (not ...

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