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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Beginning March 12, 2022, Oregon Health Authority has announced that the masking requirements for indoor spaces (OAR 333-019-1025) and schools (OAR 333-019-1015) will be no longer be in effect. OSHA continues to enforce masking requirements applicable to Exceptional Risk (primarily healthcare) settings.
Details available here.
On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked enforcement of federal OSHA's Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard. Oregon OSHA
has indicated on its website that it will not move forward with adopting the same or similar standard in Oregon.
If you’re a worker, please call 971-673-0761 or email BOLI_help@boli.oregon.gov
If you’re an employer, please call 971-361-8400 or email email@example.com
If you’re a member of the press, please call 971-358-3943 or email
NOTE: This guidance is subject to change based on new information. Please check back frequently.
Masks, face shields, and face coverings
Beginning March 12, 2022, state policies no longer require masks in most settings.*
* OSHA continues to enforce masking requirements applicable to Exceptional Risk (primarily healthcare) settings.
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.
(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 January 1, 2022, employees may become eligible for OFLA at 30 days' employment (rather than 180) during a public health emergency.
Governor Brown's Exective Order (EO) 21-36 had extended the declaration of a public health emergency through June 30, 2022. However, with COVID-19 hospitalizations and case numbers dropping rapidly across Oregon, Governor Brown later announced she would be lifting Oregon’s COVID-19 emergency declaration, effective April 1, 2022.
In the absence of a current public health emergency declaration (such as for air quality or wildfires and the like) OFLA eligiblity for most new qualifying circumstances will require 180 days' employment.