Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sep 08 2014

Eugene Passes Paid Sick Days Ordinance

On July 28th the Eugene City Council voted 5-3 to enact a paid sick time ordinance very similar to the ordinance that took effect earlier this year in Portland. Eugene’s ordinance will take effect July 1, 2015 and, like Portland’s ordinance, the Eugene law will require that workers can accrue sick time at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours in a year. Sick time accrual is required to begin July 1, 2015 or on the first day an employee works, but workers will not be able to use accrued sick time until 90 days after July 1 or their first day of work. Although largely similar, two key differences between Portland’s ordinance and Eugene’s ordinance are: Eugene’s ordinance will require paid sick time for all employees, regardless of employer size. In contrast, Portland’s ordinance requires unpaid sick time for workers who work for an employer with 5 or fewer total employees and paid sick time for workers whose employer has 6 or more employees; and Eugene’s ordinance provides an exemption for all building and construction trade employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement (this exemption applies only to construction workers under a CBA and does not extend to office staff or other employees).

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