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Governor to sign Oregon's sweeping paid family leave bill into law

Oregon's paid leave system will be one of the most generous in the country under the new law.

Posted: Aug 8, 2019 4:54 PM

SALEM, Ore. — On Thursday, Governor Kate Brown was poised to sign one of the most progressive paid family leave policies in the country into law. Under House Bill 2005, Oregon will be only the 8th state in the nation to offer any guaranteed leave.

"Oregon families no longer need to make the difficult choice between paying the rent and staying home with their newborn, or between chemotherapy and keeping food on the table," said Governor Brown. "It's absurd that our society values someone clocking in and out of their job above holding a loved one's hand — and that will change under HB 2005, where all families who need and care for each other will be recognized."

The bill allows for workers to receive 12 weeks of paid time off that can be used either to care for a new child, recover from a serious illness, or stay home with a newly adopted or foster child. It also promises makes allowances for victims of domestic violence.

Both employers and employees will have to pay into the program in order to fund it, although small enough businesses are exempted. The benefits do not actually start for workers until 2023.

Governor Brown will sign the bill into law at 11:15 a.m. on Friday at Bora Architects in Portland.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 9930

Reported Deaths: 213
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Multnomah241769
Marion161047
Washington153420
Clackamas82125
Umatilla7166
Union3551
Lincoln3463
Deschutes2110
Lane2083
Malheur1911
Polk15912
Linn1579
Jackson1470
Jefferson1320
Yamhill1328
Klamath1301
Benton935
Morrow931
Hood River880
Wasco881
Josephine521
Clatsop510
Douglas460
Coos420
Columbia360
Lake210
Tillamook140
Crook120
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
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Confirmed Cases: 252895

Reported Deaths: 6334
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Los Angeles1078263457
Riverside19450479
Orange16191363
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial7039114
Alameda6556140
Fresno585177
Kern513081
Santa Clara5077160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento400469
San Francisco377650
Contra Costa356481
San Mateo3536108
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271921
Kings260032
Stanislaus253144
Monterey191515
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer82811
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo61325
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4553
Napa3764
San Benito2652
Sutter2433
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1484
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Glenn1220
Yuba1061
Tehama881
Lake870
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono451
Tuolumne430
Inyo331
Amador310
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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