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HB 2950B gives Oregon workers the option to take time off work to grieve the death of a family member
SALEM—The Oregon Senate today passed a bill that gives workers up to two weeks off to grieve the death of a family member. House Bill 2950B, which adds a family member’s death as a condition for leave, passed the Senate on a vote of 22-6 with two excused.
“Employees should have the ability to take needed time off to mourn the loss of a family member without risking their livelihoods,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). “Losing a family member is a painful experience. Coping with the death of a loved one shouldn’t be coupled with putting your job on the line.”
HB 2950B requires businesses with 25 or more employees to give workers job-protected time off in the case of the death of a family member. Such leave would be protected by the Oregon Family Leave Act, allowing the employee to make arrangements, attend a memorial service, and grieve the loss with surviving family members.
“It’s unreasonable to expect someone to report to work right away and be an effective employee when they’ve just lost a loved one,” said Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham). “This bill merely reflects the reality that people need time to deal with death, and offers workers a way to deal with a personal loss without putting their job at risk.”
Currently, the Oregon Family Leave Act requires businesses with more than 25 employees to give workers unpaid time off for illness, injury, child birth, and adoption. The Senate Committee on Business and Transportation amended the bill to require such leave to be taken by the employee within 60 days of the family member’s death, ensuring that bereavement leave is taken in a timely manner.
The bill now returns to the Oregon House of Representatives for a concurrence motion.
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506 gives qualified employees time to grieve after loss of a loved one
SALEM – The Oregon Senate voted in support of Senate Bill 506 this morning, legislation that adds the death of a family member as a reasonable use of leave under the Oregon Family Leave Act.
“Oregon has pioneered family leave laws, setting the example for our federal government and others states,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). “I applaud Senator Boquist for introducing this legislation. By adding bereavement leave to Oregon’s law, we reaffirm our commitment that no one should have to choose between their job and their family at a difficult time.”