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Oregon Holds Public Meetings on Sick Time Law


Oregon’s new sick time law goes into effect at the beginning of next year. The state is seeking public input to clarify rules pertaining to the law.

In its last session the legislature passed a law requiring Oregon employers to provide paid sick time. Public meetings about the new law are scheduled in Eugene and Bend over the next two weeks.
Charlie Burr is with The Bureau of Labor and Industries. He says it’s asking for public comment on things like how businesses should determine the number of employees eligible and how sick time will accrue.
Burr: “Oregon sick time rule will go into effect January 1. What this meeting is about is clarifying rules so everyone has a chance to prepare for it, employees know what to expect, and employers know what to expect.”
The state law will supersede sick leave ordinances already passed in Portland and Eugene. The first rulemaking hearing will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library. Visit the Bureau’s website for more information on the meetings and proposed rules.