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Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Oregon

Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nancy Cooper, Garvey Schubert Barer


  • Oregon is an employment at-will state. Generally signing and acknowledging an employee handbook does not create a contract of employment. Employees can be terminated at will, though documented performance supporting the action is recommended. See Employment-At-Will.
  • Oregon has substantially more protected classes than federal law. See Protected Classes and Harassment.
  • Religious accommodation is much broader under Oregon law. See Protected Classes and Harassment.
  • Oregon does not allow smoking in public places, thus smoking in the workplace is generally considered banned. See Smoking in the Workplace.
  • Medical marijuana is not allowed in the workplace and thus a positive marijuana test does not need to be accommodated when drug testing occurs. Breathalyzer tests are of limited use in Oregon. There may also be limits on drug or alcohol testing for public employees. See Alcohol and Drug Use; Protected Classes and Harassment.
  • Oregon employers must provide employees with notice of pay rates, scheduled pay dates, and there are timelines on final paychecks. See Wage and Hour and Compensation Policies.
  • Rest breaks and meal breaks must be provided. See Rest Breaks and Meal Breaks.