This spring, Linn County Farm Bureau hosted two seminars about what employers have to do to comply with the new state paid sick leave law. Staff from OFB and the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries presented an overview and took questions from attendees. Based on conversations from that event, OFB and BOLI compiled the following list of Frequently Asked Questions by employers regarding the new law.
Myth 1: I do not have 10 employees, so I am not required to provide sick leave.
Fact 1: The only difference the employee count makes is that if you have 10 or more employees — or six or more if you have any operations in Portland — then sick time will be PAID. If an employer has less than 10 employees, or less than six if there are any operations in Portland, the sick time will be UNPAID.
Every employer, whether you have two employees or 200 employees, is required to provide Oregon sick time. If you are an employer outside of Portland with an average of 10 or more employees, then you must provide paid sick leave to all employees.