Employer Speech in Oregon's Workplaces, the Impact of SB 519


New Oregon Law Regarding Workplace Meetings

Oregon's Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) signed SB 519 on June 30, 2009. The new law, referred to by its opponents as the "Employer Gag Bill," and heralded by its supporters as the "Worker Freedom Act," prohibits employers from mandating employee attendance at meetings involving an employer's opinions regarding religious or political matters and prohibits employers from taking any adverse employment action against employees who decline to attend those meetings. One of the practical effects of the law is to try and impose a substantial change to union organizing campaigns in Oregon's workplaces. The law is effective January 1, 2010.

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