Oregon lawmakers approve paid family and medical leave insurance program
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Oregon lawmakers approve paid family and medical leave insurance program

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The Oregon Legislature has finalized a paid family and medical leave insurance program that, if signed by Democratic Governor Kate Brown, would make the state the eighth in the nation to provide such guarantees, according to those who are counting.

Under H.B. 2005, the paid leave program, known as “FAMLI,” would be administered by the Oregon Employment Department, or a third party contracting with the Department, to provide employees with compensated time off for up to 12 weeks per year to:

  • Care for and bond with a child during the first year of the child’s birth or arrival through adoption or foster care;
  • Provide care for a family member who has a serious health condition;
  • Recover from their own serious health condition; or
  • Take leave related to domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or harassment (called “safe leave”).

The legislation, which would require employer and employee contributions to fund the program, establishes requirements for employers related to those contributions. There would be an exemption from employer contribution requirements, however, for employers with fewer than 25 employees.

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