The October 1, 2020 deadline for Oregon employers to update their non-discrimination policies is approaching. In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed the Workplace Fairness Act (the “Act”), which made significant changes to state law governing discrimination and harassment claims (quick recap here). Among other provisions, the Act requires employers to adopt a written anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy by October 1, 2020 that:
This week, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries released a template policy (available here) that addresses each of the above topics. Employers can, but are not required to, adopt the template policy. We recommend that employers work with their counsel before October 1 to update their existing policies or modify the template policy to best suit their workplace.
Under the Act, employers must (1) make the final policy available to employees; (2) provide a copy to all new hires; and (3) provide a copy to an employee at the time the employee reports information regarding suspected prohibited conduct.
As for the Act’s other key provisions: