Author: Melissa Burdorf, XpertHR Legal Editor
Effective April 4, Oregon employers must provide employees who are veterans with paid or unpaid time off on Veterans Day unless doing so would cause a significant economic or operational disruption or undue hardship on the business. Employers should immediately train managers and supervisors on this new law and review all time off policies and materials and revise where applicable.
An employee must request the day off at least three weeks prior to Veterans Day, as well as provide documentation that shows he or she is a veteran (i.e., a person who served on active duty with the US Armed Forces for a minimum number of days and was released from active duty under honorable conditions).
An employer must notify the employee at least 14 days in advance if the time off will be allowed and whether it will be paid.
If an employer denies the day off (due to significant economic or operational disruption or undue hardship), it must deny the day off to all employees who request it or deny the day off to the least amount of employees in order to avoid the undue hardship. If a veteran is denied time off, the employer must offer a single day off within the same year as replacement leave.