OR HB2005 | 2019 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 46-3)
Status: Passed on August 14 2019 - 100% progression
Action: 2019-08-14 - Chapter 700, (2019 Laws): Effective date September 29, 2019.
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]


Creates family and medical leave insurance program to provide partially or fully compensated time away from work to covered individual who meets certain criteria while covered individual is on family leave, medical leave or safe leave. Requires employer and employee contributions to fund program. Establishes requirements for employers related to required contributions. Creates exemption from employer contribution requirements for employers that employ fewer than 25 employees. Provides grant program for certain employers to defray costs. Allows Director of Employment Department to assess civil penalties in specified circumstances. Authorizes director to bring civil action against employer for failure to file required reports and pay contributions due. Provides that employers shall be personally liable for contribution amounts due. Makes employer's violation of provisions of Act punishable by specified imprisonment, fine or both. Allows self-employed individuals and tribal government employers to elect family and medical leave insurance coverage. Directs director to determine contribution amounts and weekly benefit amounts for self-employed individuals and tribal government employers that elect coverage. Protects eligible employee's position of employment with employer while employee is on leave if employee has been employed with employer for 90 days before commencing leave. Prohibits employer from retaliating against employee who inquires about rights or responsibilities under family and medical leave insurance program and from interfering with employee rights under program. Establishes right for civil action for certain employer violations. Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund as trust fund and continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Employment Department for purposes of Act. Appropriates moneys to department to cover start-up costs related to program. Permits director to contract with third party to serve as administrator of program. Provides that employer may apply to director for approval of employer-offered benefit plan that provides family and medical leave insurance benefits that are equivalent to or better than leave and benefit amounts available under family and medical leave insurance program established by department. Establishes requirements for employers. Requires director to establish by rule application process for employers and method for resolving disputes between employers and employees concerning coverage and benefits provided under approved plan. Provides that employers may apply to director for approval of plan. Requires director to establish process for review of final decisions regarding benefit claims, benefit amounts, receipt of benefits and repayment of benefits. Provides that provisions of Act do not require reopening or renegotiation of collective bargaining agreement entered into before effective date of Act. Requires director to submit progress reports to interim committee of Legislative Assembly. Requires director to submit periodic report concerning administration of family and medical leave insurance program, including recommendations made by advisory committee. Provides specified delayed operative dates. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

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Relating to family medical leave benefits; prescribing an effective date; and providing for revenue raising that requires approval by a three-fifths majority.


Roll Calls

2019-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 3) [PASS]
2019-06-20 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 45 N: 13 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2019-06-18 - House - House Committee Do pass with amendments. (Printed B-Eng.) (Y: 16 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-06-13 - House - House Committee Do pass with amendments and be referred to Ways and Means. (Printed A-Eng.) (Y: 4 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]


2019-08-14HouseChapter 700, (2019 Laws): Effective date September 29, 2019.
2019-08-09HouseGovernor signed.
2019-07-03SenatePresident signed.
2019-07-02HouseSpeaker signed.
2019-06-30SenateGelser, excused, granted unanimous consent to vote aye.
2019-06-30SenateRules suspended. Third reading. Carried by Taylor. Passed. Ayes, 22; Nays, 6--Bentz, Boquist, Heard, Olsen, Thatcher, Thomsen; Absent, 2--Girod, Linthicum.
2019-06-30SenateSecond reading.
2019-06-29SenateRecommendation: Do pass the B-Eng. bill.
2019-06-29SenateReferred to Ways and Means.
2019-06-29SenateFirst reading. Referred to President's desk.
2019-06-20HouseVote explanation(s) filed by McKeown.
2019-06-20HouseThird reading. Carried by Williamson. Passed. Ayes, 45; Nays, 13--Barreto, Boshart Davis, Findley, Leif, Nearman, Noble, Post, Reschke, Sprenger, Stark, Wallan, Wilson, Zika; Excused, 2--McLane, Smith G.
2019-06-19HouseSecond reading.
2019-06-19HouseRecommendation: Do pass with amendments and be printed B-Engrossed.
2019-06-18HouseWork Session held.
2019-06-17HouseReturned to Full Committee.
2019-06-17HouseWork Session held.
2019-06-14HouseAssigned to Subcommittee On Capital Construction.
2019-06-14HouseReferred to Ways and Means by order of Speaker.
2019-06-14HouseRecommendation: Do pass with amendments, be printed A-Engrossed, and be referred to Ways and Means.
2019-06-13HouseWork Session held.
2019-06-11HousePublic Hearing held.
2019-03-28HouseReferred to Rules.
2019-03-28HouseFirst reading. Referred to Speaker's desk.

Oregon State Sources

Roll Callhttps://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/CommitteeReports/MajorityReport/29953
Roll Callhttps://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/CommitteeReports/MajorityReport/30062
Roll Callhttps://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/MeasureVotes?id=476660
Roll Callhttps://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/MeasureVotes?id=478166

Bill Comments