Oregon Amends Minimum Wage, Equal Pay and Family Leave Laws & Publishes Revised Notice to Agricultural Workers

State Update Overview

Date Updated June 2021
Labor Law Update The State of Oregon Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, Family Leave, and Agricultural Workers Laws
What Changed Increased minimum wage, revised prohibited pay criteria, updated child leave information, and clarified exceptions for minor migrant workers.
Mandatory or Non-Mandatory Mandatory
Updated Poster Oregon Labor Law Poster

In June 2021, the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries set forth increased minimum wage rates for 2021-2022, revised Equal Pay law to include pay history as a prohibited basis for determining compensation, updated Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) to include new sick child leave information, and published an updated Notice to Agricultural Workers.

Oregon Minimum Wage Law Update

  • Minimum wage increased to $12.75 per hour for standard counties; $14.00 per hour for the Portland metro area; $12.00 per hour for nonurban counties.
  • New rates are in effect from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Wage and Hour Exemptions

Employees may be exempt from wage and hour laws based on criteria associated with their salary, actual duties, and skills. Exempt employees neither receive overtime pay nor qualify for minimum wage. Oregon labor law defines these exemptions based on Executive, Administrative, or Professional status. Learn more here.

Oregon Equal Pay Law Update

  • Pay history added as prohibited basis for determining compensation for new employees

Oregon Family Leave Act Update

  • New child leave information added to include leave to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed because of a public health emergency

Oregon Notice to Agricultural Workers Update

  • Revised with new minimum wage rates for 2021-2022
  • Clarifies exceptions for migrant hand harvest workers who are 16 or under.

Oregon Labor Law Poster Update

All businesses within the State of Oregon must display the Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, Oregon Family Leave, and Agricultural Workers notices along with other state-mandated posting requirements where they are sufficiently accessible and viewable to all employees. This change has been reflected in our Oregon & Federal Labor Law Poster and does require an immediate mandatory update. Failure to meet compliance requirements and display the updated poster could result in fines.

Order the Oregon Labor Law Poster to immediately include this required update.

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