The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently made a surprising change in its interpretation of the daily and weekly overtime requirements for manufacturers. Employers may be able to obtain a waiver from complying with this new interpretation. BOLI will consider waivers of the daily overtime requirement, renewable on an annual basis, provided a manufacturer is able to demonstrate that (1) it has established regular work shifts in excess of 10 hours per day with the agreement of its employees; (2) the work schedule has not adversely affected the health and safety of the workers; (3) the workers receive rest and meal periods as required by law; and (4) the employer makes reasonable accommodations for employees who are unable to work over 10 hours in a day because of a health issue or physical disability. A copy of the waiver application is available for employers.
An Assembly bill (A1277) would provide a business tax and gross income tax credit for employers that allow their employees to telecommute. The credit would be equal to one percent of the percentage of wages paid to the employee for the part of the workweek that he or she regularly telecommutes.
U.K. National Health Service Launches Online Isolation Notes to Help Employees Provide Proof of Coronavirus Work Absences
On March 20, 2020, the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) launched online isolation notes to enable employees to provide evidence to their employers that they have been medically advised to self-isolate due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
On January 28, 2013, a bill (S2488) was introduced that seeks to protect candidates for election to public office (federal, state, county, municipality, or school district) from retaliation by employers. Under the bill, it would be unlawful for employers to retaliate against their employees for campaigning or engaging in other related political activity during non-work hours.