2015 ORS 659A.162¹
Length of leave
  • conditions
  • rules

(1) Except as specifically provided by ORS 659A.150 (Definitions for ORS 659A.150 to 659A.186) to 659A.186 (Exclusivity of provisions), an eligible employee is entitled to up to a total of 12 weeks of family leave within any one-year period.

(2)(a) Except as provided by paragraph (b) of this subsection, an eligible employee is entitled to a total of two weeks of family leave for the purposes described in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(e).

(b) An eligible employee is entitled to the period of leave described in paragraph (a) of this subsection upon the death of each family member of the employee within any one-year period, except that leave taken as provided by this subsection may not exceed the total period of family leave authorized by subsection (1) of this section.

(c) A covered employer may not require an eligible employee to take multiple periods of leave described in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(e) concurrently if more than one family member of the employee dies during the one-year period.

(d) All leave taken for the purposes described in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(e) shall be counted toward the total period of family leave authorized by subsection (1) of this section.

(3)(a) In addition to the 12 weeks of family leave authorized by subsection (1) of this section, a female eligible employee may take a total of 12 weeks of leave within any one-year period for an illness, injury or condition related to pregnancy or childbirth that disables the eligible employee from performing any available job duties offered by the covered employer.

(b) An eligible employee who takes 12 weeks of family leave within a one-year period for the purpose specified in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(a) may take up to an additional 12 weeks of leave within the one-year period for the purpose specified in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(d).

(4) When two or more family members work for the same covered employer, the eligible employees may not take concurrent family leave unless:

(a) One employee needs to care for another employee who is a family member and who is suffering from a serious health condition;

(b) One employee needs to care for a child who has a serious health condition while another employee who is a family member is also suffering from a serious health condition; or

(c) The employees are taking leave described in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(e).

(5) An eligible employee may take family leave for the purpose specified in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(a) in two or more nonconsecutive periods of leave only with the approval of the employer.

(6) Leave need not be provided to an eligible employee by a covered employer for the purpose specified in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(d) if another family member is available to care for the child.

(7) A covered employer may not reduce the amount of family leave available to an eligible employee under this section by any period the employee is unable to work because of a disabling compensable injury.

(8)(a) The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries shall adopt rules governing when family leave for a serious health condition of an eligible employee or a family member of the eligible employee may be taken intermittently or by working a reduced workweek. Rules adopted by the commissioner under this paragraph shall allow taking of family leave on an intermittent basis or by use of a reduced workweek to the extent permitted by federal law and to the extent that taking family leave on an intermittent basis or by use of a reduced workweek does not result in the loss of an eligible employee’s exempt status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

(b) The commissioner shall adopt rules governing when family leave for the purposes described in ORS 659A.159 (Purposes for which family leave may be taken) (1)(e) may be taken to the extent permitted by federal law and to the extent that taking family leave on an intermittent basis does not result in the loss of an eligible employee’s exempt status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. [Formerly 659.478; 2007 c.633 §2; 2013 c.384 §3]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 659A—Unlawful Discrimination in Employment, Public Accommodations, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors659A.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.