Oregon Labor Laws

Oregon’s minimum wage rates go up on July 1 each year through 2022. Beginning July 1, 2023, the minimum wage rate will be indexed to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a figure published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Oregon also has different minimum wage rates based on locality. To see the most up-to-date information, click here.

Employers are required to pay tipped employees the full minimum wage regardless of how much they receive in tips.

​If you work more than 40 hours in one week, you must receive overtime pay of 1.5 times your regula​r pay rate. There are some exceptions but they are uncommon.

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​For each 8-hour work shift you get these breaks free from work responsibilities:

  • Two 10+ minute paid rest breaks
  • One 30+ minute unpaid meal break

Yes. An employer may collect a $2 processing fee for each week of wages garnished under ORS 18.736. This fee must be collected after the last payment is made under the writ. Remember, this fee may not be collected if withholding the fee would take them below 75% of disposable earnings or $254 per week, whichever is more. This deduction is not applicable to processing fees for wages garnished under separate legal authority – though those garnishments may also authorize an employer to collect a specific amount for processing.

Oregon law gives all workers sick time.

  • You get at least 1 hour of protected sick time for every 30 hours you work up to 40 hours per year. (Employers can choose to frontload at least 40 hours of sick time at the beginning of the year.)
  • You can use sick time for many reasons, including if you or a family member is sick, injured, experiencing mental illness, or need to visit the doctor.
  • You get paid sick time if your employer has 10 or more employees (6 or more if they have a location in Portland). Otherwise, sick time is protected but unpaid.
  • You can start taking sick time after you’ve worked for at least 90 days. 
  • Your employer must regularly let you know how much sick time you have earned.

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