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Oregon Signs Paid Leave Into Law
Trending Laws: Protecting Personal Information
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                  July 8, 2019


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Oregon officially has the most inclusive law in the country with respect to paid leave when Governor Katy Brown signed the bill into law last week. Here are the highlights: 

  • It will include 100% wage replacement for low-wage workers;
  • It has an inclusive definition of family as it includes  extended family, non-blood related family and LGBTQ+ chosen family'
  • Employees receive up to 12 weeks off and an extra two weeks for those who are giving birth;
  • The time off will be paid and it will be progressive wage replacement, which means those earning the lowest wages will receive up to 100% of their wages. People making more money will progressively make less, up to a cap;
  • Employers with over 25 employees will pay into the program as will the employees. All employees will have access to the program;
  • Employers with over 25 employees will pay 40% of up to 1% of payroll and all employees will pay 60% of up to 1% of payroll;
  • The program will start taking contributions in 2022, and people will be able to start using it in 2023.

The program will take a few years to get started because it's a new social insurance program, just like unemployment insurance or workers compensation.

State and federal governments are making efforts to enact legislative schemes to protect the privacy and security of personally identifiable information that is collected, purchased, or stored.   California, for example, has passed the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA"). The CCPA gives consumers the right to control what personally identifiable information is protected from disclosure, and the enumerates the consumer's right to control what a company does with that information. The information CCPA seeks to govern could be as simple as an individual's name. This law gives consumers the ability to delete or downloaded the collected data or opt out of the sale of their information. The CCPA is scheduled to go into effect in June, 2020. The federal government as well as eleven other states are examining legislative schemes similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act.
Approximately a half dozen other states have enacted or are considering legislation to control the collection, storage, use, and sale of biometric information, such as finger scans, retina and iris scans, and hand scans, The standard bearer for these types of laws is the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires individual written consent to collect and use this information, and dictates its destruction when the biometric information is no longer used or collected. Some of these state laws, such as Illinois', provide for a private cause of action for enforcement. Damages for failure to comply with the law can be staggering. Each negligent violation is subject to a $1000 fine; each intentional violation is subject to a $5000 fine.
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