Governor Signs House Bill 2950 – OFLA Bereavement Leave Law

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On June 13, 2013, the Governor signed House Bill 2950, which requires OFLA-covered employers of 25 or more employees in the state of Oregon to provide bereavement leave under the Oregon Family Leave Act. An article from Barran Liebman outlines the changes, effective January 1, 2014. Here are some of the highlights:

  • In order for an employee to be eligible, they must have worked an average of 25 hours per week during the 180 days immediately preceding the date on which the bereavement leave would begin.
  • The new qualifying condition under OFLA, allows employees to take time off to deal with the death of a family member by:
    1. Attending the funeral (or alternative) of the family member;
    2. Making arrangements necessitated by the death of a family member; or
    3. Grieving the death of a family member.
  • An eligible employee is entitled to take a maximum of two weeks of leave per death of a family member, up to a maximum of 12 weeks per leave year.
  • The leave must be completed within 60 days after the date on which the employee receives notice of the death of the family member.
  • An employee is allowed to commence leave without prior notice to the employer, but is required to provide oral notice within 24 hours of taking leave.
  • Unlike other types of OFLA leave, an employer may not shorten the length of bereavement leave when an employee fails to provide the required notice.

In order to prepare for the changes effective January 1, 2014, OFLA-covered employers should begin revising employee handbooks, policies and leave forms.

Read the full Barran Liebman ealert here.