On July 1, 2017, Oregon New Minimum Wage rage went into effect. The Portland Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) now has a rate at $11.25. This is good news for many families who experience economic fragility. A large segment of our community members experience sever economic hardship and live paycheck to paycheck. I'm hopefully that we are moving toward a feature where economic fragility, poverty, will be a historic phenomenon for our communities.
It depends. How many people does your employer have on the books? Where is your employer located?
Oregon Paid Sick Leave law went into effect on January 1, 2016. Before we had a statewide law, Portland and Eugene enacted their own city laws or ordinances that gave workers paid sick leave. Today, the statewide law applies to all cities and counties, including Portland and Eugene. Employees can accrue 40 hours of sick time each year.
Not every worker gets paid while they are out on sick leave. This law makes a distinction between employers based on size.
Not paying qualified sick time is wage theft. Speak with an attorney and learn more about your rights under the law.
Maybe. Many workers face discrimination and hostility at work. It may be a good idea to keep a journal or diary of what has happened to you at work. It can be helpful to write down and save information about what people said and did. Just know that if a law suit is filed in your case this journal must be provided to your employer.
A good journal has:
1) Dated entries: each time you sit down to write you include the date, month, and year.
2) Names: individuals are identified by first and last name.
3) Quotes: if you remember exactly what the person has said you include that statements in "quotes."
4) Details: information about location, time of day, the event itself. Detailed description can be helpful in verifying facts and testimony in court.