June 20, 2015
Oregon has become the 5th state to enact a bill of rights for domestic workers (joining California, New York, Hawaii, and Massachusetts). The new law goes into effect January 1, 2016 and will impact most household workers. The legislation text of Senate Bill 552 can be found at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB552 but a quick overview of the key items is below:
-Household workers must be given 24 consecutive hours off each workweek. If work is performed on a day off, overtime must be paid.
-A household worker who averaged 30 hours per week in the prior year is entitled to 3 paid days off each year.
-Live-in employees must be paid overtime for all hours worked over 44 in a workweek. Live-in workers must also be given 8 consecutive hours off each day.
If you have any questions about this new law, please let us know!