Washington State Proposes Changes to Overtime Rules

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently proposed changes to Washington State’s overtime rules. Under the proposed changes, the minimum pay a salaried worker must receive to be considered exempt would increase incrementally to 2.5 times the state minimum wage by 2026. The first increase for most employers would take place July 1, 2020.… Continue reading Washington State Proposes Changes to Overtime Rules

FMLA Leave to Attend School Meetings

Earlier this week, the DOL issued an opinion letter addressing whether an employee could use intermittent FMLA leave to attend school meetings scheduled to address the employee’s child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The employee had two children with qualifying serious health conditions and the employee had been approved to take intermittent leave to take the… Continue reading FMLA Leave to Attend School Meetings

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 5

This post will discuss employer and employee contributions and employer reporting requirements under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. As we previously posted, the new law creates form of insurance which provides benefits (in the form of paid leave) to eligible employees. Contributions are to be paid by employers and employees as a percentage… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 5

Pregnancy Accommodation Act

Sorry, another interruption of our posts about the the paid family leave statute. This time to discuss the new Pregnancy Accommodation Act. Beginning January 1, 2020, employers with six or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition, including but not… Continue reading Pregnancy Accommodation Act

Oregon Workplace Fairness Act

We interrupt our posts about the new paid family leave law to tell you about the Workplace Fairness Act.  The Act includes new rules for when employers can require  non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements in connection with harassment and discrimination, what employer anti-harassment policies have to include, and an extended statute of limitations for certain harassment/discrimination… Continue reading Oregon Workplace Fairness Act

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 3

The new law includes a number of protections for employees who take leave. Return to Work: Section 10 provides: An employee of an employer with 25+ employees is entitled to be restored to the position of employment held by the employee when the leave commenced, if that position still exists, without regard to whether the… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 3

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 2

Welcome to our blog series on the new Oregon paid family and medical leave law. In this post will discuss timing and logistics of taking paid leave. Part 1, discussing eligibility and cost, is available here. How much paid leave does an employee get? An eligible employee may get up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 2

Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 1

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting about the new Oregon paid family and medical leave law.  The law requires the Director of the Employment Department to establish a family and medical leave insurance program to provide family and medical leave insurance benefits (“FMLB”) to eligible employees. Who is eligible? To be eligible… Continue reading Oregon Paid Family Leave, Part 1

Oregon Court of Appeals Clarifies Religious Preference Exemption

The Oregon Court of Appeals recently clarified the scope of Oregon’s religious preference exemption defense to an unlawful discrimination claim. King v. Warner Pacific College, 296 Or. App. 155 (2019), concerns a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Noel King against Warner Pacific College, a Christian liberal arts college in Portland. Mr. King, who is Jewish, applied… Continue reading Oregon Court of Appeals Clarifies Religious Preference Exemption

Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law

Washington State passed legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program last year. Under the law, eligible employees will be entitled to paid leave for up to 12 weeks for their own serious health condition or for family care, up to 16 weeks combined medical and family leave, and up to 2 additional… Continue reading Washington Employers: Prepare for Paid Family Leave Law