FAQ - SB 454 Paid Sick Time Law

The new law requires Oregon employers to provide sick time to employees beginning on January 1, 2016. Employees are able to use the sick time for a wide range of illness or preventative care reasons as well as to take care of family members.

Oregon Sick Time Provisions:

  • Can be used for customary sick time reasons plus expanded reasons similar to FMLA/OFLA.
  • Provides a minimum of 40 hours for full-time employees who work a full year or sick time accrued at 1 hour for every 30 hours worked.
  • Employees are eligible to use sick time on the 91st calendar day of employment.
    Accrues based on actual time worked.
  • There is a 180-day window of time after the employee last works for an employer to retain eligibility, accrual, and balance of sick time.
  • Shall be used in 1 hour increments unless the employer can establish this results in an undue hardship.
  • Must notify workers at least quarterly of balance.
  • Applies to hours worked after January 1, 2016.
  • BOLI imposed penalties enforceable beginning January 2017.

See FAQs (55 k This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

January 21, 2016 webinar questions and answers (50 k This file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

March 14, 2016 webinar recording: “The What” to “The How”: Implementation of Paid Sick Time Under SB 454

SB 454 Sick Time District Sample Letter