County takes action to blunt impact of Eugene sick leave law

EUGENE, Ore. - If a proposal to require paid sick time for part-time employees wins approval from the Eugene City Council, the local measure's impact may be limited by a trio of ordinances passed Monday by the Lane County Commission.

Commissioners on Monday passed three ordinances:

  • Exempting any unit of local government located in Lane County from another unit of local government's resolution, ordinance, rule, or regulation.
  • Exempting any employer located in Lane County, but outside the city limits from any other unit of government's resolution, ordinance, rule, or regulation that mandates, orders, or requires any changes in terms of conditions of employment.
  • Exempting any employer that has employees located in Lane County from any resolution, ordinance, rule, or regulation adopted by any unit of local government.

The county ordinances go into effect immediately.

The City of Eugene proposal would require that part-time employees acrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

The county and Chambers of Commerce around the region have opposed the proposal because it would affect businesses located outside of Eugene that do business inside the city. The ordinance, as proposed, requires 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked inside the City of Eugene.

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy replied late Sunday night to an email from the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce announcing that organization's opposition to the Eugene proposal.

"With all respect to our regional partners, please know that we are simply working to guarantee sick leave for those working in our city so that they will not lose pay when ill," the mayor wrote. "A little thing that can help many families."

The Eugene City Council has a public hearing on the sick leave ordinance scheduled Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Harris Hall.