Oregon lawmakers consider family leave bill

Salem, Ore.- A bill being considered by Oregon’s legislature would require Oregon businesses to offer employees paid family leave.

The measure would create a family and medical leave insurance program to provide covered employees with a portion of their wages while on family medical leave or military leave. The coverage period would depend on the circumstances, but would typically last up to 12 weeks.

Public testimony was heard on the bill Thursday and a work session is scheduled for April 6.

Both state and federal law already require larger companies to provide unpaid family medical leave. The measure under consideration would apply to all Oregon businesses.

California, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the only states that currently offer paid family leave.

Read more about the bill here.

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