Oregon Dress Codes laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon Dress Codes: What you need to know

Minimum wage employees may not be required to purchase their uniforms. The only exception to this rule is the requirement of a “generic uniform” that a minimum wage employee may be required to provide. An example of a generic uniform is a black skirt/pants and white blouse/shirt suitable for street wear. Employees who receive more than minimum wage may be required to purchase required items as long as a purchase does not take an employee below minimum wage in the pay period in which it was purchased. Also, the cost of the item may not be averaged over more than one pay period. Again, payroll deductions are not permitted. Employers may not make deductions from employees' earnings for the cost of uniforms or their cleaning or maintenance if the deduction brings the employees' pay below the minimum wage.
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Under regulations issued by the Civil Rights Division, employers are required to accommodate employee religious practices, such as requests for time off for religious observance, unless the accommodation would cause undue hardship (OR Admin. Code Sec. 839-005-0010(4)). Oregon law imposes a higher standard for undue hardship than the "de minimis cost" standard established by the U.S. Supreme Court for determining whether a religious accommodation would cause undue hardship under federal civil rights law. Under the state standard, a religious accommodation must require "significant difficulty or expense" to fall within the undue hardship exception. For the purposes of determining whether an accommodation requires significant difficulty or expense, the following factors are considered:
• The nature and cost of the accommodation needed
• The overall financial resources of the facilities ...

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