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March 24, 2015
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 Early discussion on the House Floor - 2015 

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Dear All:


On Monday morning I received the following from NFIB - National Federation of Independent Business.  This list contains the Senate Bills as well as many of the House Bills that are true job killing legislation.  Last week's list was just the issues we have dealt with thus far in Business and labor Committee - here are some more to watch. 



March 20, 2015


Oregon 'Job Killers' List Identified

A coalition of Oregon industry, agricultural and small business advocates released a list of  job killer" bills today calling attention to the negative impact that the proposals will have on Oregon's job climate and economic recovery.

These bills pose a serious threat to Oregon's economy and job growth by imposing costly new mandates on employers, both large and small, across the state.


The 2015 "Job Killer" list follows:

2015 Job Killers

SB 19              Expands Liability for Wage Claims

Exposes shift supervisors, bookkeepers, farm labor contractors, farmers and others to the potential liability of wage claim allegations, even when based on honest mistakes. Also adds criminal liability to civil wage claims.

SB 615            State Retirement Plan for the Private Sector

Creates mandatory enrollment in a state-run plan for private sector employers that do not offer a state qualified retirement plan to their employees.  Counterpart: HB 2960

SB 718                        Allows Liens on Personal Employer Property

Creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage-and-hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer's real or personal property, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims.

SB 845                        Imposes New Fees on Large Employers

Requires employers whose employees obtain health insurance coverage through a public program to pay a fee to the state for that coverage.

SB 454                        Implements Statewide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

Increases employer mandates by requiring all employers, large and small, to provide all employees with paid sick leave, and threatens employers with statutory penalties as well as litigation for alleged violations.  Counterpart:  HB 2005



HB 2007         Adds Employer Liability for Wage Discussions

Creates a new unlawful employment practice against an employer who takes any negative employment action against an employee for discussing or disclosing "in any manner" his or her wages or those of another employee.

HB 2009         Increases Statewide Minimum Wage

Increases Oregon's current minimum wage from $9.25 to $15 per hour by 2018.  Other minimum wage bills:  SB 130, SB 327, SB 332, SB 597, SB 610, SB 682, HB 2004, HB 2008, HB 2012

HB 2386         Authorizes New Cease & Desist Authority for BOLI

Subjects employers to potentially unjustified imposition of cease & desist orders by Bureau of Labor and Industries, which, once issued, could require costly court proceeding to have removed.

HB 2540         Requires Prevailing Wage in Enterprise Zones

Eliminates the incentive to build projects inside Enterprise Zones by requiring prevailing wage to be paid on any privately owned projects developed on private land.  

HB 2606         Expands Family Leave for Siblings

Adds siblings as an additional category of family members for whom a worker may take leave to provide care.

HB 2764         Increases Workers Compensation Costs

Unravels certain cost-saving provisions and resulting benefit increases due to Oregon's 1990 Workers Compensation reforms, resulting in employers paying nearly 5% increases in workers compensation system costs without any expectation that increases will be offset by system savings.

HB 3377         Mandates Predictive Scheduling

Requires employer to establish "mutually acceptable work schedule" upon employee request for a flexible or predictable work schedule. Mandates employers provide alternative work schedules. Other predictive scheduling bills:  SB 888, HB 2010


Legislation included on the "Job Killer" list released today will change throughout the session as bills are amended or new language is introduced.




Thank you for taking the time to be interested and concerned about Oregon. 

Sal Esquivel
Committee to Elect Sal Esquivel
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