New 2016 Laws
The Oregon Legislature passed many new bills that were put into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The majority of the new bills were focused on employment rights.
One of the bills, Senate Bill 454, was approved on June 10, 2015. It will give employees the right to have mandatory sick leave. Although it was already approved, there was a new change in the bill that required any company with ten or more employees to provide them with up to 40 hours of sick paid leave. Oregon is now the fourth state to undergo mandatory paid sick leave along with California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
House Bill 3035, otherwise known as Ban The Box, will not permit any employer to ask for a criminal history from a job applicant, but can ask for it if they are in the process of being hired.
House Bill 2007 will protect employees who ask about any information regarding their wages.
Senate Bill 552 will ensure domestic workers overtime pay, paid vacation, rest periods, and freedom from harassment.
“I think the bill is a great idea because it give reassurance to the victims whom suffered abuse,” Macedonia Flores Vega ‘16 said.
Senate Bill 525, passed with the Federal Violence Against Women Act, will not allow a person with domestic abuse convictions or someone with a restraining order to get a hold of any type of gun. Another bill that was passed, House Bill 2317, will double the jail sentences for anyone convicted of rape or sex crimes from six months to a year.
“I think that the new law that says that anyone convicted of rape or of a sex crime will be up to a year of sentence instead of six months is good,” Kimberly Ramirez ‘17 said. “Someone who hurts someone not only physically but mentally too deserves to have a bigger punishment because the damage that they cause a victim is much more than the punishment they get.”