Portland Passes Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance
On March 13, Portland became the fourth city to pass a mandatory sick leave ordinance, joining Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and the state of Connecticut. The new law takes effect January 1, 2014, but will likely have significant impact on private sector employers, requiring them to prepare well in advance of the new year. Many employers operating in Seattle faced substantial challenges when modifying their policies to comply with the 2011 Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance, on which the Portland ordinance appears to be modeled. Private sector employers with Portland operations, or whose employees perform work in Portland, are therefore encouraged to carefully review this new law along with their existing policies and practices so that they are prepared to comply when the law becomes effective.
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