Action Alert

March 25, 2019 9:48 AM | Connie Shipley (Administrator)

Action Alert:  Hearing on Paid Family & Medical Leave Bill
on March 25th


Mark your calendars for the first round of paid family & medical leave hearings

When: Monday, March 25th at 6:00 PM
Where: The Oregon Capitol (900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301)
Who: Public and private employers with 1+ employees

 
On Monday, March 25th, the House Business & Labor Committee and Senate Workforce Committee plan to host a joint public hearing on a paid family & medical leave bill that would SIGNIFICANTLY alter Oregon’s business climate.
 
As national competitiveness rankings have shown, doing business in Oregon is often costlier and more difficult than running the same business in other states. With every workplace mandate the Legislature has passed, the competitive distance between Oregon and other states has increased.
 
We understand the intent of this bill.  However, the proposals establish impractical requirements on businesses, large and small, and will cost Oregonians billions!
 
HB 3031

  • Applies to employers with 1+ employees
  • Mandates 32 weeks of paid and protected family and medical leave each year
  • Creates state-run family insurance program administered by DCBS
  • Establishes new payroll tax of up to 1% to pay for the family-leave insurance:
    • 0.5% paid by employers
    • 0.5% paid by employees

Oregon’s small businesses are still scrambling to comply with the state’s minimum wage increases, paid sick leave law and the new equal pay law.  Now is NOT the time pass cadillac family and medical leave proposals that would further burden local businesses. 
 
Proponents for this bill are planning to turn out hundreds of people on March 25th.  We need your help to show that Oregon employers have had enough and can’t bear the costs of these workplace mandates!  Please plan on attending Monday’s hearing AND sending a letter to policymakers about your opposition to HB 3031.
 


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