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Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance

Phone: 503-823-3008


Enforcement FAQs



Q: How will the ordinance be enforced?  When will enforcement begin? (New 12/24/13)

A:  The City has contracted with the Bureau of Labor and Industries to enforce the ordinance.  BOLI will also provide technical support to employers with questions about the law. 


Q: What is the “safe harbor” period?

A: This period of time was suggested by the State Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) who are to be the enforcement body for the ordinance.  The safe harbor period is intended to give employers a reasonable amount of time to get up to speed on the new law and implement administrative procedures. There will be an “easing in” period from January 1 to July 31, 2014.  During that time, BOLI will enforce the law by requiring violators to: 1) remedy the problem within 30 days and 2) compensate any employees who were not able to accrue or take the required sick time.   ).  If the company moves into compliance, BOLI will consider the matter closed.  BOLI intends to assess civil penalties during the easing in period only if the agency finds that a business intentionally disregarded the ordinance and acted egregiously against its employees.  (Revised 12/24/13)