Introduced in January 2021, and enacted five months later in June 2021, Oregon House Bill 2474 modified Oregon’s current law in multiple ways:
Under the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA), House Bill 2474 directly amended eligibility requirements for those seeking leave under the Act. Under normal circumstances (i.e., during non-public-health-emergency times), an Oregonian must have been employed by his/her employer for at least 180 days, averaging 25+ hours per week, immediately before the start date of family leave to be eligible for OFLA leave.
Under House Bill 2474’s amendments, during a period of time covered by a public health emergency, employees may be eligible for OFLA leave with just 30 days of employment, averaging 25+ hours per week, instead of 180 days.
Now that the Governor has declared the end of the public health emergency, effective April 1, 2022, the days-worked eligibility requirement will revert to the 180-day requirement.
OFLA Leave Purposes
House Bill 2474 also amended the available leave purposes under OFLA. Prior to the House Bill 2474 amendments, OFLA leave was available to eligible employees for the following purposes:
- Parental leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child.
- Leave to care for a serious health condition, either the employee’s own, or to care for a spouse, parent, parent-in-law, child, grandparent or grandchild, same-sex domestic partner or parent or child of a same-sex domestic partner.
- Pregnancy disability leave before or after birth of child or for prenatal care.
- Sick child leave for a child with an illness or injury that requires home care but is not serious.
- Military family leave if the employee’s spouse or same-sex domestic partner is a service member who has been called to active duty or is on leave from active duty.
- Bereavement leave after the death of a family member.
Under House Bill 2474’s amendments, an employee may also have taken leave for child home-care due to the closure of the child’s school or childcare provider. However, this leave availability is contingent on whether the closure of the school or childcare provider was caused by public health emergency.
Given the end of the public health emergency on April 1, 2022, the availability for this leave also ended. Do note, though, that OFLA leave is still available to care for a child who is suffering from an illness, injury or condition that is not a serious health condition but that requires home care.
As the COVID-19 numbers continue to shift in areas around the country, it’s important to take note of what leave benefits are contingent on a public health emergency. If governors or mayors end a public health emergency, some benefits available to employees may also end.
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