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Judge rules in county’s favor on paid sick leave law


December 13, 2016

Linn County and eight other counties can opt out of Oregon’s paid sick leave law because the law is an unfunded mandate, Circuit Court Daniel Murphy ruled Dec. 8.

Oregon’s paid sick leave law, which was passed in 2015 and went into effect Jan. 1, has applied to employers who have 10 or more employees, with exception of Portland where the threshold is 6.

Under the law, full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers accrue sick time, according to the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

The county argued that under Article XI, Section 15 of the Oregon constitution it is not required...

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