Challenge to Oregon Sick Leave Law

Yesterday, the Oregonian reported that nine Oregon counties were planning to sue the Governor and BOLI Commissioner seeking to opt out of the State’s paid sick leave law.   The plaintiff counties will be Linn, Yamhill, Douglas, Jefferson, Malheur, Polk, Sherman, Morrow and Wallowa.  The counties plan to challenge the law because it is an unfunded mandate.  Presumably, the counties will argue that because the law requires the local governments to provide a paid sick leave to employees, but does not fund the cost to the counties of providing the paid sick leave, the law violates Measure 30, which requires the state government to pay local governments for the costs of state-mandated programs.  It is unclear what impact the challenge will have to private employers.  We will  follow developments and update this post as we learn more.


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