Oregon Employment and Labor Law Updates 2023


December

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


November

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


October

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


September

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


August

Alcoholic Beverages Delivery Permit

Bill

House Bill 3308 (2023)

Summary

Provides eligible business or third-party delivery facilitator may employ or contract with a delivery person to deliver alcoholic beverages to the physical possession of a final consumer at a delivery address only if the individual as at least specified years of age and has a valid driver license; provides alcohol delivery training program requirements for third-party delivery facilitator; provides permit issued by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission and must comply with applicable requirements.

Enacted

08/15/2023

Effective Date

09/24/2023

Topics

Employee_obligation: Driver_license; Employer_Obligations: Training; Industry: Alcohol, Delivery


Oversight of Outdoor Preschool Programs

Bill

House Bill 2717 (2023)

Summary

Relates to outdoor preschool programs; provides that a person applying for certification for a child care facility shall demonstrate to the Office of Child Care that, among other things, the facility and its operation are adequate to protect the health, the safety and the well-being of children, including but not limited to adequate physical facilities such as, for family child care homes and child care centers, indoor and outdoor activity areas; increases Department of Early Learning and Care funding.

Enacted

08/15/2023

Effective Date

07/31/2023

Topics

Industry: Child_care


Hospital Staffing Committees

Bill

House Bill 2697 (2023)

Summary

Establishes a hospital professional and technical staffing committee; consists of an equal number of hospital professional and technical managers and professional and technical staff who work at the hospital; develops a written hospital-wide professional and technical staffing plan; develops criteria of hospital’s census, location of the patients, patient types and patient acuity, national standards, size of the hospital and square footage of the hospital, patient access to care and feedback from committe

Enacted

08/15/2023

Effective Date

09/01/2023

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Committee; Employment_relations: Staffing; Industry: Hospitals


July

Oversight of Outdoor Preschool Programs

Bill

House Bill 2717 (2023)

Summary

Relates to outdoor preschool programs; provides that a person applying for certification for a child care facility shall demonstrate to the Office of Child Care that, among other things, the facility and its operation are adequate to protect the health, the safety and the well-being of children, including but not limited to adequate physical facilities such as, for family child care homes and child care centers, indoor and outdoor activity areas; increases Department of Early Learning and Care funding.

Enacted

07/31/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Industry: Child_care


Hospital Staffing Committees

Bill

House Bill 2697 (2023)

Summary

Establishes a hospital professional and technical staffing committee; consists of an equal number of hospital professional and technical managers and professional and technical staff who work at the hospital; develops a written hospital-wide professional and technical staffing plan; develops criteria of hospital’s census, location of the patients, patient types and patient acuity, national standards, size of the hospital and square footage of the hospital, patient access to care and feedback from committee.

Enacted

07/31/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Committee; Employment_relations: Staffing; Industry: Hospitals


Wage Standards for Individuals

Bill

House Bill 3306 (2023)

Summary

Requires entity that receives funds for certain workforce program initiatives to establish wage standards for individuals who participate in program administered by entity if, under program, entity provides individuals with paid work experience.

Enacted

07/18/2023

Effective Date

01/01/2024

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Training; Wage_and_Hour: Rate_of_pay


Employee Use of Vacation or Sick Time

Bill

House Bill 3028 (2023)

Summary

Prohibits employer from requiring employee to use vacation, sick or annual leave for time spent by employee as appointed member of board, commission, council or committee created by statute.

Enacted

07/18/2023

Effective Date

09/24/2023

Topics

Leave_laws: Govt_appointment; Unpaid_leave


Leave of Absence Entitled for Public Employees

Bill

House Bill 2865 (2023)

Summary

Relates to military leave; provides that an officer or employee of the State, or of any county, municipality or other subdivision of the State, who is a member of the National Guard, National Guard Reserve or of any reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States or of the United States Public Health Service, is entitled, upon application to military leave of absence from duties for up to a specified number of work days in any one training year.

Enacted

07/18/2023

Effective Date

01/01/2024

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Physician Assistant

Bill

House Bill 2584 (2023)

Summary

Requires a physician assistant licensed to practice medicine by the board has the duty to use that degree of care, skill and diligence that is used by ordinarily careful physician assistants in the same or similar circumstances in the community of the physician assistant or a similar community; defines employer as an entity that employs a physician or podiatric physician and is organized to deliver health care services in this state.

Enacted

07/18/2023

Effective Date

09/24/2023

Topics

Agreements: Employment; Employment_relations: Physician_assistant


Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

Bill

Senate Bill 913 (2023)

Summary

Relates to the family and medical leave insurance program and creates new provisions.

Enacted

07/13/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Leave_laws: Family, Medical


Public Employees

Bill

Senate Bill 168 (2023)

Summary

Relates to political activities of public employees; provides that a person may not attempt to, or actually, coerce, command or require a public employee to, among other things, promote or oppose the filing of an initiative, referendum or recall petition; provides that a public employee may not engage in any of the specified activities while on the job during working hours or while otherwise acting in the public employee’s official capacity.

Enacted

07/13/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


June

Leave Laws Concerning Time off from Work

Bill

Senate Bill 999 (2023)

Summary

Relates to leave laws concerning time off from work; provides that the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries shall adopt rules; provides that these rules may include rules for developing and using an attestation form by which an employee may attest to affinity factors.

Enacted

06/07/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Family_members: Affinity, Blood; Leave_laws: Family, Medical


Right to Refuse to Perform a Task Assigned by Employer

Bill

Senate Bill 907 (2023)

Summary

Relates to employees’ rights to refuse to perform certain work assignments; provides that it is an unlawful employment practice for any person to bar or discharge from employment or otherwise discriminate against any employee or prospective employee because the employee or prospective employee has, among other things, refused to expose the employee or prospective employee to serious injury or death arising from a hazardous condition at a place of employment.

Enacted

06/07/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Leave_laws: Sick; Prohibited_Practices: Refuse_work; Workplace_Behavior: Health, Safety


Workplace Psychological Safety

Bill

Senate Bill 851 (2023)

Summary

Relates to workplace psychological safety; requires the Bureau of Labor and Industries shall prepare a model respectful workplace policy that employers may adopt; requires the bureau shall create informational materials that identify the harms to employees and employers caused by workplace bullying and make the materials available to employers.

Enacted

06/06/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Workplace_abuse; Government: Study


May

Oregon Safe Employment Act

Bill

Senate Bill 592 (2023)

Summary

Provides that the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, upon presenting appropriate credentials to the owner, employer or agent in charge, is authorized to take specified actions, including but not limited to conducting a comprehensive inspection of any place of employment as deemed necessary by the department based upon the prior violation history of the place of employment regarding any State occupational safety or health law, regulation, standard, rule or order.

Enacted

05/24/2023

Effective Date

05/24/2023

Topics

Claims_and_Penalties: Administrative, Claims_and_Penalties: Civil_penalty; Workplace_Behavior: Death, Health, Injury, Safety


Supervisory Employee Definition

Bill

Senate Bill 194 (2023)

Summary

Relates to employment classification of certain employees of Oregon State Police; provides that the term supervisory employee does not include specified persons, including but not limited to an employee of the Oregon State Police who serves in a rank equivalent to or below the rank of sergeant, is prohibited from striking, and assigns, transfers or directs the work of other employees but does not hire, discharge or impose economic discipline on those employees.

Enacted

05/24/2023

Effective Date

01/01/2024

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

Bill

Senate Bill 912 (2023)

Summary

Provides that if the Director of the Employment Department decides that a covered individual has been paid benefits to which the individual is not entitled because of an error not due to the individual providing a false statement, misrepresentation, or not disclosing a material fact, or because an initial decision to pay benefits is reversed by a finding that the individual is not eligible, then the individual is liable to have the amount of any benefits paid in error deducted from future benefits.

Enacted

05/19/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Employment_relations: Employee; Leave_laws: Family, Medical; Wage_Payment: Overpayment


Oregon Youth Authority Staff Diversity

Bill

Senate Bill 903 (2023)

Summary

Directs Oregon Youth Authority to maintain certain demographic data; directs authority to keep data reflecting the demographics, including race, ethnicity and gender, of all adjudicated youths committed to its care; directs the youth authority to take into consideration the demographic disparities among adjudicated youths and between adjudicated youths and youth authority employees and how those disparities may affect the cultural appropriateness of the programs.

Enacted

05/19/2023

Effective Date

01/01/2024

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Employer Child Support Reporting Requirements

Bill

Senate Bill 184 (2023)

Summary

Relates to child support; provides that an employer shall report to the Division of Child Support of the Department of Justice the hiring or rehiring, or the engagement or reengagement, of an individual who resides or works in the State and to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings if the employer has employees or independent contractors working only in the State or is a multistate employer and has designated to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services that Oregon is the reporting state.

Enacted

05/19/2023

Effective Date

01/01/2024

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Reporting_required; Employment_relations: Employee, Hiring, Independent_contract


Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

Bill

Senate Bill 31 (2023)

Summary

Relates to the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program; provides that no later than specified date, the Director of the Employment Department shall determine whether the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund is solvent with respect to the benefits anticipated to be claimed and any grant moneys anticipated to be awarded on or after specified date.

Enacted

05/08/2023

Effective Date

05/08/2023

Topics

Leave_laws: Family, Medical


April

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


March

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


February

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


January

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.

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