Linn, eight other counties and state continue court battle over paid sick leave


January 3, 2017

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

Despite that ruling, both sides were in court again on Dec. 29. The state filed a motion for reconsideration because the court had not held a summary judgment hearing on the financial threshold issue relevant to the ruling.

“The fact that it is an unfunded mandate is not in dispute,” said Linn County Commissioner Roger Nyquist. “It’s whether the county meets that threshold.”

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