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Oregon Military Leave Act now in effect

August 9, 2009

Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson

1. Oregon Military Leave Act
2. Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act:
3. Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing– 11/14/09:

On June 25, 2009, the Oregon Military Family Leave Act went into effect, requiring all public, private, and not-for-profit employers of 25 or more employees in Oregon to provide up to 14 days of unpaid leave to “eligible” employees who are spouses of members of the armed forces during periods of military conflict.  Click the following link to read the Bullard Alert describing the OMFLA in more detail:

Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act:
Last week Governor Kulongoski signed the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which goes into effect January 1, 2010.  Among other things, absent “undue hardship” the Act prohibits an employer from “impos[ing] an occupational requirement that restricts the ability of an employee to wear religious clothing, to take time off for a holy day or to take time off to participate in a religious observance or practice.”  Further, the Act also requires that an employer permit an employee to use accrued “vacation leave, or other leave available to the employee, for the purpose of allowing the employee to engage in the religious observance or practices of the employee”.  While the Act applies to most workplaces, makes an exception for school districts, education service districts and public charter schools, which may prohibit teachers from wearing religious dress while engaged in the performance of duties as a teacher.

Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing– October 14, 2009:

On October 14 we will be presenting our Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing at the Oregon Convention Center.  This continues our tradition of providing you with an annual update on current labor and employment law issues facing owners, executives, managers, in house counsel and human resources professionals, including review of recent case decisions, monitoring employee use of the internet and email, and employee wellness.  Our guest speaker this year will be Brad Barton, a 1992 US Olympic Trials qualifier, master magician, and successful business person.  MCLE and PHR credit is pending.

Registration: You may obtain more information about and register to attend the Annual Briefing by clicking on or by contacting Coni Crone (503.248.1134 or  We look forward to seeing you there.

At Your Service:
Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information about the Oregon Military Family Leave Act, the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act, or other developments affecting employment, labor relations and employee benefits.  You may reach us anytime at 503/248-1134 or on the web at  Thank you.

Bullard Smith Jernstedt Wilson
1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1900
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone:  503.248.1134
Fax:  503.224.8851

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