REP. JULIE PARRISH
HOUSE DISTRICT 37
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2013
Contact: Julie Parrish (503) 986-1437
SAFE LEAVE BILL GIVES STATE WORKERS MORE RELIEF
Provides Additional Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence, Stalking & Harassment
SALEM, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives voted today to allow state employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment to take paid leave to address safety. The bill, HB 3263-A, also requires state employers to provide notice each year to employees of the safety accommodations and workplace protections available to them.
“It is important a public employee who is a victim of domestic violence or harassment has a safe working environment and is assured that their job is safe while they work to restore their lives,” said Rep. Julie Parrish (R – West Linn). “As state employees, their workplace is public and designed to be accessible to the public, which is different than many private employers. This puts victims at a greater risk.”
HB 3263-A extends leave with pay if the state employee has exhausted all other types of paid leave, limits additional paid leave to 160 hours, and requires the employee to certify eligibility for medical, legal, or safety reasons only.
“Victims are quite vulnerable in a public workplace, where perpetrators can access victims. The Oregon House of Representatives' bipartisan vote today will send a strong message to perpetrators of zero tolerance of violence in the state workplace,” said Terri Myzak, a citizen who brought the idea to the Legislature and shepherded the bill through the process. “It also will ensure that state employees will be reminded of workplace protections for victims, including paid 'safe leave.”
While the Legislature has considered other leave bills this session, Rep. Parrish views this bill differently.
“This type of leave addresses a safety issue, both physical safety and financial security. For some, it could literally be about life and death,” Rep. Parrish said.
For more information, contact Rep. Julie Parrish at 503-432-9707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to Rep. Parrish’s floor speech on HB 3263-A: