On June 25, 2009, Governor Kulongoski signed House Bill 2744 which became effective that same day. House Bill 2744 provides unpaid leave to an employee who is the spouse of a member of the armed forces, national guard, or military reserve. The new law applies during periods of military conflict to employers with 25 or more employees and to employees (military spouses) who work an average of 20 hours per week. Eligible employees are entitled to take up to 14 days of unpaid leave in connection with their spouse's impending call or order to active duty or deployment. Employees are entitled to be restored to employment after leave and to continuation of benefits. An employer's failure to grant leave, retaliation, or discrimination against an employee for seeking or taking leave, all constitute unlawful employment practices.
If you would like assistance in complying with this new law, or have questions about any employment law issues, please feel free to contact us.