2014 New Employment Law in Oregon

2014 New Employment Law in Oregon

scaleEffective January 1 2014 several new employment laws went into effect.

Leave Entitlements:

The Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), Or Rev. Stat. 659A.150, states that employers with at least 25 employees provide their employees with job-protected leave to care fro themselves or family members for reasons of illness, injury, childbirth or adoption. The amendment to this law added bereavement. Leave must be taken to attend a funeral or a family member. A family member is a son, daughter, grandchild, grandparent, spouse, parent, parent-in-law, and same -gender domestic partner. Bereavement leave must be completed within 60 days of the date on which the employee receives notice of the death of a family member.

Oregon’s domestic violence leave law (OR. Rev. Stat. 659A.270) has been extended to  all employees who are victims of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault or staking, regardless of the number of hours worked per week or length of time worked for the employer.

Social Media Access

Or. Rev.State. 659 A amendment prohibits employers from requiring or requesting employees or applicants for employment to disclose user names and passwords to provide access to personal social media accounts. Employers cannot required employees to add them as social media contract lists, or allow employers to view an employee;s or applicant’s personal social media account. ” Social Media is defined as an electronic medium that allows users to create, share and view user -generated content, including, but not limited to, uploading or downloading videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, pod casts, instant messages, electronic mail or Internet website profiles or locations.” How employers can require employees to reveal user names and passwords to access non-personal social media accounts that apply to the employers internal information or computer systems. Employers are permitted to access publicity available information regarding an employee or job applicant.

Wage Payments

Employers can pay employees wages by direct deposit, unless the employee makes and oral or written request to be paid by check according to OR. Rev. Stat 652.110. The employer must have express agreement to pay by automated teller machine card, payroll card, or other means of electronic transfer.

If you have any questions you can get additional resources State of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry

Have a great day

Rex Lesueur



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