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PHRMA's Legislative Affairs

PHRMA's Legislative Affairs Director plays an active role in monitoring legislation that impacts the human resources profession, and keeping members informed about pending or new legislation.  Legislative news will periodically be published in PHRMA's monthly News and Views newsletter.



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How to get involved: There are a number of ways to stay in tune with what is going on in the Oregon Legislature. A good way to begin is to be aware of when the next session is scheduled. Here is the calendar for the rest of 2012: Knowing what special sessions are coming up may make the Sessions at a glance more meaningful, too. If you are inclined to follow these activities on a daily basis, you can see the schedule for the day as well.



Bills that have now passed in both the House and Senate (and several that have already been signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber) include:
  • Senate Bill 744, requiring a study on wage inequality to be conducted (page 3).
  • Senate Bill 135, abolishing the Wage and Hour Commission and transferring its duties/powers to BOLI (page 7).
  • Senate Bill 677, making deadline changes for final payment of wages for seasonal farmworkers (page 8).
  • House Bill 2654, prohibiting employers from requiring or requesting employee social media account information (pp. 9-10).  This bill was signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber on Tuesday, May 22, 2013, and it takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.  [Washington State has just passed a law with virtually identical content, SB 5211, signed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.  Similar laws have already been enacted in California, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Maryland, Illinois, and Michigan, and dozens of other states and the U.S. Congress are considering similar legislation]
  • House Bill 2111, broadening the Oregon definition of “disability” (page 13).  This bill was signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber on May 13, 2013, and it takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.
  •  Senate Bill 1, requiring employers to provide paid or unpaid time off to veterans for Veterans Day (page 20).  This bill was signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber on April 4, 2013, and it became effective the same day.
  • House Bill 2280, modifying the definition of “qualified employer” for community-based health care improvement programs and authorizing continuation coverage for up to 18 months for an employee whose employment terminates (page 31).  This bill was signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber on May 9, 2013 and becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2014.
  • House Bill 2069, providing up to 21 months of temporary disability compensation for certain injured workers actively engaged in vocational assistance training (page 37).  This bill was signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber on May 13, 2013, and it becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014.
  • House Bill 2646, applying provisions of prevailing wage law to projects on property of or institutions of the Oregon University System (page 45).  This bill was signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber on May 22, 2013 and became effective on that date.
  • House Bill 2545, permitting the BOLI Commissioner to debar contractors/subcontractors from public works contracts if they fail to pay or post the prevailing wage rate, fail to pay a subcontractor’s employees, or falsify information on certified payroll statements (page 47).
  • House Bill 2540, allowing the Construction Contractors Board to revoke, suspend or refuse to issue a license if it finds a person has engaged in dishonesty by supplying any governmental entity or person with false information on the activities of a construction contracting business (page 50).
  • Senate Bill 264, modifying the definition of “managerial employee” for public employee collective bargaining to include certain employees of the Oregon University System (page 52).


For more information on the latest legal and legislative issues as they happen in Oregon or Washingtion and nationally, please visit:

SHRM's Government Affairs Section
A complete list of SHRM’s Legislative Fact Sheets
Federal Legislation
Oregon State Legislature
Washington State Legislature

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