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Brooklyn Employers: Paid Sick Time is Now the Law!

Screen shot 2014-03-24 at 4.48.49 PMFrom Commissioner Fritz’s Office: Protected Sick Time is here!

As of January 1, 2014, the City of Portland’s new Protected Sick Time ordinance went into effect, providing workers in Portland with a protected right to earn sick time to use when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of preventive health care.

The ordinance applies to all employees who work within the geographic boundaries of the city of Portland for 240 hours or more in a calendar year. Employers with six or more employees must allow workers to earn paid sick leave. Employers with five or fewer employees are required to provide unpaid sick leave. Full, part-time, and temporary employees should accrue one hour of job-protected sick time for every 30 hours worked and, if earned, can accumulate up to 40 hours paid or unpaid sick time per calendar year. Earned sick leave may be used in increments of one hour or greater, and may be used to cover all or part of a shift.

For employers and employees interested in learning more about this new law, visit <http://www.portlandoregon.gov/sicktime>www.portlandoregon.gov/sicktime, email <mailto:sicktimeinfo@portlandoregon.gov>sicktimeinfo@portlandoregon.gov or call 503.823.3994.

Is this something that Brooklyn Action Corps would be able to include in an upcoming newsletter? If your newsletter is sponsored by revenue for ad space, we may be able to consider purchasing ad space as an alternative. Please contact me at <mailto:diana.bartlett@portlandoregon.gov>diana.bartlett@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-3430, and I would be happy to discuss the options.

Thanks for your help getting out more information to the public about sick time and the new law.

For more information contact:

Diana Bartlett
Office of Commissioner Amanda Fritz
(503) 823-3430
City of Portland
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 220
Portland, OR 97204

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