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Commissioners Debate Sick Leave

Sick SneezeEUGENE, Ore. — The potential for the approval of the Eugene sick leave ordinance has Lane County taking measures to make sure it’s not included.

Eugene debated a new ordinance that would require all employers to provide workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

Some Lane County commissioners say they felt in the dark as the council moved the proposal along.

So on Tuesday, they worked to protect the county from the ordinance. They drafted three different measures.

Each includes differing language that would exempt the county from the ruling.

“Like other governments, we don’t have money just laying around, and if we do take money to pay one thing we have to take it from someplace else. That is the discussion that we are having at this point in time,” said Pat Farr, Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair.

Commissioner Pat Farr says no one has voted on this yet. Public comment is scheduled in two weeks.

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  1. A. Anderson says:

    “Like other businesses, we don’t have money just laying around, and if we do take money to pay one thing we have to take it from someplace else. That is the discussion that we are having at this point in time,” said pretty much every small business owner who realizes money has to come from somewhere. So when do businesses get to write their own exemption to this governmental over-reach?

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