Labor official offers paid sick leave advice

Gerhard Taeubel, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, recently offered advice on paid sick leave for piece-rate workers at the Jan. 22 Ag Summit conference in Salem, Ore., organized by the Dunn Carney law firm.

A top Oregon labor official recently outlined how farmers can compensate piece-rate workers under new paid sick time regulations, but the Oregon Farm Bureau still hopes to change the rules.

Last year, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill requiring employers with 10 or more workers to pay for 40 hours of sick leave per year, concerning farmers who pay based on harvested crop amounts and similar piece rates rather than per-hour wages.

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