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Oregon Family Leave Revised for 2016

Published on December 7, 2015

Oregon updated its Family Leave Act notice, which outlines eligibility and benefits for employees wishing to take time to care for their health issues or for loved ones.

Oregon updated the Family Leave Act notice to:

  • Extend its list of persons for whom one can take leave.
  • Add two additional exceptions to the eligibility list.
  • Add health insurance to benefits.

We’ve detailed the changes below.

This change comes in the wake of recent changes to the Oregon Minimum Wage Notice for 2016 and the update to the No Smoking notice that prohibits vaping. Subscribers to the GovDocs Update Program are automatically provided with updated Oregon workplace postings, no matter how many changes take place.

What Changed on the Oregon Family Leave Act Notice?

Family Leave Conditions

Added additional persons eligible for care by employees seeking to take family leave time. In addition to allowing time off for the employee’s own serious health condition, the Act allows time off to care for a:

  • Spouse
  • Same-gender domestic partner
  • Custodial parent
  • Non-custodial parent
  • Adoptive parent
  • Foster parent
  • Biological parent
  • Step parent
  • Parent in law
  • Parent of same-gender domestic partner
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Loco parentis, biological, adopted, foster or step child of an employee
  • Child of an employee’s same-gender domestic partner

Eligibility Exceptions

Two eligibility exceptions were added beneath the employment requirement of 180 calendar days:

  • Exception 3: For compensable Workers Compensation injuries, for certain Workers Compensation injuries involving denied and then accepted claims and for certain accepted claims involving more than one employer.
  • Exception 4: When an employee is caring for a family member with a serious health condition and the same family member dies, the employee need not requalify with the 25 hour per week average to be eligible for bereavement leave.

Paid or Unpaid Benefits

Oregon clarified that employees are entitled to group health insurance benefits during family leave as if they continued working.

Which Businesses Need to Display the Oregon Family Leave Act Notice?

Employers with 25 or more employees in Oregon must display the revised Oregon Family Leave.

This Labor Law News Blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.

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