Internal Complaint Procedures Are Now Required By Law In Oregon
OREGON LAW NOW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO ADOPT WRITTEN INTERNAL EMPLOYEE COMPLAINT PROCEDURES.
Effective September 30, 2019, a new OREGON law will require ALL EMPLOYERS to adopt a written policy containing procedures and practices which reduce and prevent discrimination, including sexual assault. This written policy MUST INCLUDE, among other things, the following:
- A process for an employee to report discrimination, including sexual assault
- Identify the individual, and an alternate, to whom the employee may report prohibited conduct
- The applicable statute of limitation
- A statement that employer CANNOT require or coerce employee to agree to a non-disclosure or non-disparagement agreements, including defining said terms
- Explain to an aggrieved employee that s/he may voluntarily enter into a settlement, separation, severance agreement which prohibits disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination or sexual assault or a no rehire provision AND gives said requesting employee at least 7 days to revoke said request
- Advises employees AND employers to DOCUMENT all incidents of discriminatory conduct, including sexual assault
Gordon Osaka has been using an Employee Complaint Procedure for several years. Please do not hesitate to contact Gordon L. Osaka, Attorney at Law, P.C., if you need help complying with this new law. 503-241-8005.