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BOLI Provides Employers “Safe Harbor” Period to Adjust to Portland Sick Leave
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, the agency charged with enforcing Portland’s new Sick Leave Ordinance, has announced a proposal to provide employers a “safe harbor” period to adjust to the requirements of the new law. The Sick Leave Ordinance takes effect January 1, 2014, but the agency will focus on training and assistance until July 31, 2014, to give employers time to adapt to the new requirements of the law. During this safe harbor period, BOLI would not take enforcement action against employers who unintentionally violate the law.
As we have previously reported, the Sick Leave Ordinance requires all private-sector employers with six or more employees to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees working at least 240 hours in a calendar year within Portland city limits. Smaller employers (those with five or fewer employees) must provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick leave. Employees will accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked within the Portland city limits, regardless of where the employer is located.Read the full article and discuss it »