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.
- Employers with 9 or less employee (6 or less in Portland) are required to give employees unpaid time off.
- Employers with 10 or more employees (7 or more in Portland) are required give employees paid time off.
Not paying qualified sick time is wage theft. Speak with an attorney and learn more about your rights under the law.