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Oregon Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Oregon Fair Employment Practice Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 659A.001et seq.). Generally, discriminating because of sex includes discriminating because of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions. The Act covers all employers, regardless of size.
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Leave for birth or adoption of a child. Employers with 25 or more employees must offer 12 weeks of leave to care for a newly adopted child under the age of 18 years, or infant, or newly placed foster child or to recover from or seek treatment for serious health condition of the employee that makes it impossible for the employee to perform at least one of the essential functions of his or her job. The leave taken under the state Family Medical Leave Act must be taken within 12 months of the birth or adoption of the child.
Employee benefits. Policies on seniority, payments under any health or disability insurance or sick leave plan, and other benefits, both written and unwritten, must treat pregnancy-related conditions the same as other temporary disabilities. State law prohibits discrimination in the provision of benefits to employees and dependent spouses or domestic partners for pregnancy when employees and dependent spouses or domestic partners are covered for other medical conditions. A "domestic partnership" means two individuals who have received a certificate of registered domestic partnership from the state (BOLI Admin. Rule 839-005-0026).
An employee must give 30 days written notice to an employer in order to commence his or her family leave, unless an unexpected serious health condition, illness, injury, or birth occurs. In this instance, the employee ...

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