Sick Time Ordinance Goes Into Effect

As of January 1, 2014 employers in the City of Portland are required to provide sick-time for their employees. Employers with 6 or more employees are required to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works. Employees with 6 or fewer people are required to provide the same amount of unpaid sick leave. Some confusion regarding the new ordinance surrounds whether an employer is located inside Portland city limits. For example, construction, delivery, and other businesses may have headquarters located outside of city limits, but have employees working within city limits. Employees are covered for the hours they spend working inside city limits, regardless of where the employer is located. The City of Portland’s website (http://portlandoregon.gov/sicktime) has an extensive list of FAQs, as well as other resources for employers and employees regarding the ordinance. Employers may also find it helpful to sit down with their attorney to determine whether their sick leave policy is compliant with the new ordinance.

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