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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Paid Sick Leave Measure Poised To Advance In Oregon Legislature

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A measure that would require many Oregon employers to provide paid sick leave is poised to advance in Salem.

The bill, a compromise over the original proposal, is scheduled for a vote Thursday morning in a key legislative committee.

Some small business owners argued that the measure would put them at a disadvantage because they have so few workers that they can't afford to pay the ones who aren't actually there, be they on vacation or sick.

So the compromise at this point seems to be that the measure only applies to places where there are ten or more employees.

The measure would require eligible employers to offer up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Efforts to pass a statewide paid sick leave requirement in Olympia fell short this year.