Oregon Sick Leave laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon Sick Leave: What you need to know

Effective January 1, 2016, all private employers and covered public employers with at least 10 employees in the state are required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year to eligible employees. Employers with fewer than 10 employees must provide unpaid sick time. The Oregon state sick leave law preempts both the City of Portland paid sick leave ordinance and the Eugene city paid sick leave ordinance.
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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Effective January 1, 2016, employers that employ at least 10 employees working anywhere in the state must implement a sick time policy that allows an employee to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year.
Employers with fewer than 10 employees working anywhere in the state must implement a sick time policy that allows an employee to earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per year.
Special rules for large cities. There are special rules for employers located in a city with a population exceeding 500,000 (e.g., Portland).
If such an employer employs at least 6 employees working anywhere in the state, the employer must implement a paid sick time policy (as if the employer had 10 or more employees).
If the employer located in a city with a population exceeding 500,000 employs fewer than 6 employees working anywhere in the state, the employer must implement an unpaid sick time policy.
Counting employees. The number of employees may be determined by looking at whether the per-day average number of employees is 10 ...

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