On July 1, 2021, OAR 125-090 Parking Facilities was updated to include clarification on when agencies may and may not pay for employee parking. Since then, the DAS Working Remotely Policy, DAS Travel Policy, and how Workday will be used to manage ongoing state employee remote working have all been updated to meet the new work models. This work revealed an inequity regarding parking costs for Hybrid Work employees and past practice of allowing employees to park personal vehicles for free in agency paid spaces vacated by state vehicles as those employees engage in business travel.
Hybrid Work employees are required to pay for their parking as a commuting cost when periodically coming to office sites within DAS managed parking facilities in the Capital Mall Parking Area, Portland State Office Building, or Eugene State Office Building. Allowing employees who come in to take out a state vehicle to then park their personal vehicle for free in the vacated space creates an inequity regarding the Hybrid Work employees. It also provides the benefit of avoiding the financial burden of personal parking costs for some employees and not others, which touches on state ethics law for public officials.
DAS decided to adjust parking policy to address this issue and an update to OAR 125-090 is in process. DAS is not enforcing this change until the rule update is final but has begun educating employees about it as opportunity arises by issuing warnings and by publishing the change in our FAQ’s. Active enforcement will begin in June of 2022.