The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every aspect of life in Oregon and around the world. Find tools and answers for questions you may have about COVID-19 at work.
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Effective August 13, 2021, masks are required indoors statewide. An
outdoor mask mandate tooks effect August 27, 2021. OSHA continues to accept complaints related to health and safety violations in the workplace.
You can make a complaint here.
If you’re a worker, please call 971-673-0761 or email email@example.com
If you’re an employer, please call 971-673-0824 or email TA.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a member of the press, please email
NOTE: This guidance is subject to change based on new information. Please check back frequently.
Masks, face shields, and face coverings
In order to limit the spread of the Delta variant, Governor Brown announced that effective August 13, 2021, masks are required indoors statewide. Masks are required outdoors as well beginning August 27, 2021.
People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
Learn more about employment and civil rights laws related to vaccines. Employers can generally require workers to be vaccinated as a matter of employment.
Who pays for COVID-19 testing?
Most health insurance companies will waive co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing. If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, contact your health insurance provider.
Employers are generally required to pay any out of pocket expenses for a medical exam they require. In addition, employees who are required to receive medical attention on the job or during normal working hours on days when they are working would need to be paid for that time. Finally, employers need to pay for time spent by an employee on tasks necessary for the work that they pay the employee to do. This could include time spent undertaking COVID-19 testing when the testing is required for a setting in order to perform the work.
Quarantine funds available
The Quarantine Fund provides temporary financial assistance to Oregon agricultural workers who are 18 years or older, recovering from COVID-19, seeking healthcare, and practicing quarantine and isolation. Learn more: https://workerrelief.org/quarantine-fund/
The COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program is available to people who need to quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 exposure or are experiencing symptoms and need a medical diagnosis, but do not qualify for COVID-19-related paid sick leave (or do not have access to COVID-19-related paid time off). Covers leave taken prior to July 1, 2021. Learn more: https://www.oregon.gov/dcbs/covid-pl/pages/index.aspx
(Please note that the Oregon Employment Department handles these benefits.)
The quickest way to file a claim for unemployment benefits or get help is to use their online services here: https://unemployment.oregon.gov/
Unemployment benefits are available in a lot of circumstances to help Oregonians who are being laid off or are temporarily out of work.
If you have been laid off or your hours have been cut, you should
file your claim with the Oregon Employment Department.
Additional contact information for the Oregon Employment Department:
Portland Area: (503) 292-2057
Salem Area: (503) 947-1500
Eastern/Central Oregon/Bend: (541) 388-6207
TOLL FREE: (877) 345-3484
People are experiencing discrimination because of fears of coronavirus, particularly around race or national origin or wearing masks.
A business cannot turn you away (and your employer can’t ask you to leave work) simply because they think your race or national origin make you more likely to have or spread coronavirus.
Discrimination based on race, national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and other characteristics is illegal and wrong.
If you feel you have been discriminated against, please click
to learn more or file a complaint.
Oregon law gives all employees sick time – including part time workers. If your employer has 10 or more employees or 6 or more if they have operations in Portland, you get PAID sick time.
You can use sick time for many reasons, including if you or a family member is sick, injured, experiencing mental illness, or need to visit the doctor.
- You can also use sick time if your child's school is closed by order of a public official for a public health emergency.
- Part time workers get sick time. Workers whose company is headquartered out of state get sick time.
- You get at least 1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours you work OR your employer can front-load 40 hours.
- You are eligible to use sick time on your 91st day of employment, but your employer can let you take leave sooner.
If you run out of sick time, you may be able to use Oregon Family Leave time (see below).
The Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) provides protected for time off if you or a family member has a serious health condition, to grieve the death of a family member or to bond with a new child. It also provide time to care for a sick child for an illness, injury, or condition that is not serious, as well as care for a child whose school or childcare provider has been closed because of a statewide public health emergency.
UPDATE - effective June 30, 2021, Governor Brown's Exective Order (EO) 21-15 lifts most of the public health restrictions on masking and social distance, however, the order also extends the statewide public health emergency set out under EO 20-03 through December 31, 2021.
Federal sick time and expanded COVID family and medical leave
FFCRA Leave Requirements Expired Dec. 31, 2020
The requirement that employers provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on Dec. 31, 2020. Please visit the Wage and Hour Division’s FFCRA Questions and Answers page to learn more about workers’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities after this date.
FFCRA previously required covered employers to provide emergency paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specific reasons related to COVID-19:
Emergency Sick Leave
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) at full pay because of the employee is quarantined and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; OR
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) at two-thirds pay to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
Expanded FMLA for employees employed for at least 30 days = Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s pay as leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
- Potential exemptions for employers with fewer than 50 employees.
Questions? Contact U.S. Department of Labor's
Wage and Hour Division
. BOLI does not have jurisdiction over this new law but we may be able to point you in the right direction.
More helpful information from the US Department of Labor:
Employers must pay workers by the close of the next business day during a layoff expected to last more than 35 days.
Employers do not have to pay out unused sick time or vacation time upon termination unless they’ve committed to doing so in their policies. However, employees have a right to their previous unused sick time bank if they’re re-hired within 180 days.
Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle has made emergency rules during the COVID-19 pandemic on Oregon Family Leave and overtime rules in manufacturing.
Stay up to date on recent press and news releases from the Bureau of Labor and Industries.