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Employment eAlert: Recent Developments in Oregon and Washington Employment Legislation

June 2013

  • City of Portland Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. Issuance of local regulations for the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (effective January 1, 2014), which will require employers in the City of Portland with 6 or more employees to provide a minimum of 40 hours of annual paid sick leave to certain employees, is deferred until the fate of state-wide paid sick leave legislation is determined by the Oregon Legislature.

  • Oregon Bereavement Leave. An amendment to the Oregon Family Leave Act to allow eligible employees to take up to two weeks of unpaid leave to deal with the death of a family member was passed by the Oregon House and, with minor revisions, the Oregon Senate. The bill to amend OFLA is currently awaiting House approval of the Senate's revisions and the Governor's signature.

  • Washington Protection of Employee Social Media Passwords. On May 21, 2013, the Governor of Washington signed Senate Bill 5211, which prohibits employers from requesting social media passwords during a job interview or at the workplace, and prohibits employers from requiring employees to "friend" managers or supervisors so as to give employers access to employee social media postings. The law also bars employers from retaliating against employees who refuse to provide passwords or accept employer "friend" requests. The law becomes effective on July 28, 2013.
Sussman Shank will continue to monitor developments related to the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and amendment to the Oregon Family Leave Act. In the interim, if you have any questions related to this e-Alert or any other employment law issues, please feel free to contact us.

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