Employers Must Provide Reasonable Safety Accommodation

Did you know that Oregon’s Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking Act requires an employer to make reasonable safety accommodations for an employee who is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or harassment unless the employer can show that the accommodation would cause an undue hardship? Now you do. In Oregon, if you have six or more employees, and otherwise meet the criteria in ORS 659A.270, you have to provide eligible employees with reasonable leave for various purposes related to incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or harassment. In addition, you have to provide reasonable safety accommodations for those employees, which might include: changing the employee’s schedule, work location, phone number or e-mail address, installing video cameras or other safety equipment (such as a panic button, intercom, or secured work space).


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