Oregon Sick Time

This law went into effect on January 1, 2016. The requirement to provide PAID sick time applies to employers with an average of 10 or more employees per day in Oregon. It also applies to employers with an average of six (6) or more employees per day in Oregon if the employer maintains a location in Portland during each of at least 20 workweeks in the calendar or fiscal year immediately preceding the year in which an employee’s sick time is to be taken. All other employers not otherwise exempted from coverage must provide UNPAID sick time under the same terms as stated in the policy.

The handbook policy is optional if written notice containing the information required by the State of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is provided to all employees by either: (1) distribution to each employee personally by regular mail or email or by including it with a paycheck; or (2) by posting the written notice in a conspicuous and accessible location in each workplace. However, as with all paid sick leave policies, we strongly recommend including the policy in the handbook.