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June 21, 2019

HR News Alerts

New law becomes operative on October 1, 2020

On June 11, 2019, Oregon adopted a new law that will:

  • Require employers to adopt a written policy to prevent discrimination and sexual assault; and
  • Prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to sign agreements that prevent discussing or disclosing conduct that would be considered discrimination or sexual assault.

The law also requires the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) to draft a model policy and procedures that employers can use to satisfy this requirement. Employers should monitor the BOLI website for a notification once these sample materials are published.

Finally, the law also provides an exemption for employees who have been victims of discrimination or sexual assault. These employees can enter into limited non-disclosure agreements if specific conditions are met.

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