Portland Passes Sick Leave Ordinance

Posted on March 14, 2013

On March 13, 2013, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance requiring many Portland employers to offer workers sick leave. Sick pay is not currently a required benefit under Oregon law.

The new policy applies to businesses with 6 employees or more, smaller companies may offer unpaid leave. Employees can earn one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, up to five days per year. Employees working primarily in other cities who work at least 240 hours in Portland are also covered under this policy. New employees will have to wait 90 days before utilizing accrued sick leave.

The City will continue to draft rules regarding this ordinance before it takes effect in January 2014.

Portland is the fourth city to pass a sick leave measure, behind Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Philadelphia City Council members are expected to vote on a similar measure today.

For more information on how this new ordinance might affect your business, please contact one of our Employment lawyers.