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Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance

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Background of the Protected Sick Time Ordinance

On March 13, the Portland City Council passed an historic ordinance supporting the health of businesses and employees here in Portland. This year, up to 40% of employees in Portland don't receive even a single day of paid sick leave. It is a public health concern when people who are sick with the flu have to choose between staying home to recover, and being able to pay their bills. Many employees choose to work sick so they can continue to provide for their families.  These considerations led to the unanimous adoption by the Portland City Council of the Protected Sick Time ordinance, and the regulations in Chapter 9 in Portland City Code.

The Legislature has set up a Task Force to review the issue before the 2015 session. As promised, Portland moved forward with implementing local regulations in 2014.

A public process to adopt Administrative Rules began on August 5th, with notice of the posting of the Draft Rules on August 15th. The Public Comment period was open for 21 days, through September 6th.  After extensive review of comments it was determined that in order to make the Administrative Rules clear, changes to the City Code language needed to occur.  A hearing was held on October 9th to make those changes.   The City Attorney's office published the Administrative Rules on November 1. See links to the left.

Portland's regulations went into effect January 1, 2014.