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Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance

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What is Protected Sick Time?

The Portland Protected Sick Time 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.  Some workers will earn paid sick time, others will earn unpaid sick time, depending on the number of employees where you work. The ordinance is effective January 1, 2014. That is the date on which workers begin earning sick time while they work.


Employees who have earned sick time, may use it for issues related to their own health, to care for the health of a family member, or to address issues caused by domestic violence, sexual harassment, assault or stalking. Sick time may be used in increments of one hour or greater (unless your employer allows for smaller time increments). Sick time may be used to cover all or part of a shift.


If an employer already allows all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees to accrue one hour of Protected Sick Time per every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year (Protected Sick Time can include: Paid Sick Time, for employers with 6 or more employees; Unpaid Sick Time, for employers with 5 or fewer employees, Paid Time Off (PTO), and/or Paid Vacation Days). As long as the Protected Sick Time is available for employee use without notice for the sick leave purposes in the new ordinance (see above) – then the existing policy likely already meets the minimum requirements.


Protected Sick Time Administrative Rules

Download a copy of the Final Administrative Rules

Final Protected Sick Time Code

Download the final version of the City Code

Background of the Protected Sick Time Ordinance

A Background and History of the ordinance

Portland Protected Sick Time Enforcement Information

How to submit a complaint regarding the Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance

San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Portland Ordinance was informed by the San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, effective since 2007

Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Portland's Sick Time law was informed by the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, effective since 2012