Lawmakers weigh bill requiring paid leave for Oregon employees

Many community members said they supported the bill and could benefit from it.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 7:23 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2019 12:25 PM

OREGON -- Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow employees to get paid if they have to take family or medical leave.
House Bill 3031 would create an insurance program and would require businesses and employees to pay into the program.

Sabrina Parsons, the CEO of Palo Alto Software in Eugene, said she supports the bill. She said it’s necessary because it allows people to take time off and not worry about getting fired. Parsons said Palo Alto Software already offers employees paid leave, but the bill would require businesses across the state to do the same thing.

"We need to do this. People need to be able to have a living wage and take care of a sick child or take care of a baby, and this is a way to do it,” Parsons said.

However, some business owners who did not want to be identified said the bill would cost them more money. They also said people should budget and plan accordingly to take extended amounts of time off.

"It's going to be really hard for local businesses and small mom-and-pop operations to keep up with this because it's an expense that has not been on our radar before,” Eugene resident Scott Sauerwyne said. “But it is something that is a necessity and a necessity for the family unit, which is what needs to be built up more in this county if you ask me."

Many community members said they supported the bill and could benefit from it.

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