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Payment of Wages: Oregon

Payment of Wages requirements for other states

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

Author: Laura Salerno Owens, Barran Liebman LLP

Summary

  • Oregon employers may pay employees in cash, by check, direct deposit or electronic paycard, so long as certain requirements are met. See Wage Payment Methods.
  • All employees must be paid at least every 35 days. Penalties are imposed for violations of the pay frequency rules. Special rules apply to payment of employees who take paid sick leave. See Pay Frequency.
  • With employees' consent, Oregon law allows employers to make various deductions from employees' pay. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
  • With each payment of wages, employers must provide each employee with an accurate, itemized written pay statement. A special notification requirement applies to employees who take paid sick leave. Pay statements can be provided on paper or electronically. See Pay Statement Requirements.
  • The proper time to pay a terminating employee his or her final pay, including accrued vacation time, depends on whether the termination is voluntary or involuntary. Penalties are imposed for employer noncompliance. See Termination Pay.
  • After the death of an employee, employers must turn over to the surviving spouse or children any compensation owed to the deceased employee. See Deceased Employee Wages.
  • Wages are considered abandoned property if they are unclaimed by an employee for three years. See Unclaimed Wages.