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Equal Pay Updates

On June 1, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (H.B. 2005) expanding pay equity protections by strengthening existing protections, disallowing employee or applicant’s salary history to be considered when applying for a job, and encouraging all employers to conduct a pay equity study. New definitions are provided under the legislation along with revised penalties for noncompliance. Employers are also required to post notice regarding the equal pay law, which will be provided by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

The law is effective on several dates; however, most changes are effective January 1, 2019.

Read OR H.B. 2005

Health Insurance for Small Employers

On May 24, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (S.B. 271) modifying the definition of a small employer for group health benefit plans as an employer who both:

  • Employed an average of at least one but not more than 50 full-time equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar year.
  • Employs at least one full-time equivalent employee on the first day of the plan year, determined in accordance with a methodology prescribed by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services by rule.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read OR S.B. 271

Updates to Minimum Wage Poster

Oregon updated its minimum wage poster to reflect the following changes:

  • Increases to the minimum wage rates in the following three areas, effective July 1, 2017:
    • Standard: $10.25 per hour.
    • Portland Metro: $11.25 per hour.
    • Nonurban Counties: $10.00 per hour.
  • New information on how to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

View the updated poster

Public Procurement Contracts Must Prevent Discriminatory Conduct

On June 6, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (H.B. 3060) prohibiting a state contracting agency from entering a public contract with a prospective contractor that fails to certify it has a policy and practice of preventing sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination against employees who are members of a protected class. This law is applicable to contracts with an anticipated price of $150,000 or more.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read OR H.B. 3060

False Employment Records

On June 6, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (H.B. 3008) prohibiting an employer from compelling, coercing, or otherwise inducing or attempting to induce an employee to create, file, or sign documents containing information that the employer knows is false regarding the hours worked or compensation received by the employee.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read OR H.B. 3008