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Oregon extends protection against domestic violence discrimination to part-time and new employees, adds posting requirement

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.

Part-time and new employees will now be covered under the Oregon law on the employment rights of victims of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault, or stalking. Oregon law protects victims of domestic and sexual violence from discrimination in the workplace and gives them the right to take reasonable time off to get court or law enforcement protection or take other safety measures. However, the law previously did not apply to those who worked 25 or fewer hours a week or had not been employed at least 180 days prior to the leave sought. Under H. 2903, signed by Governor John Kitzhaber on June, 6, those restrictions are removed.

Effective January 1, 2014, the new law also requires that every covered employer — those with six or more employees — must keep summaries of ORS 659A.270 to 659A.285, the amended workplace sexual and domestic violence law, as well as all rules issued by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries for the enforcement of that law, posted in a conspicuous and accessible place in or about the work premises.

Employers may obtain these summaries from the website of the Bureau of Labor and Industries or upon request from the bureau (the first copy is furnished without charge). In addition, upon request, the bureau will furnish the complete text of all rules issued pursuant to the law to any employer without charge (Ch. 321, L. 2013).