March 5, 2024

Employment Alert: 

Oregon and Washington Legislative Updates 2024

As we settle into 2024, now is a good time to take note of some recent changes to Oregon and Washington employment laws. As usual, there are a number of updates that will require revising handbooks and policies.

Below are the Oregon and Washington legislative updates covered in our alert.

Oregon Employment Law Legislative Updates:

  • Expanded Workplace Protections for Bias Crime Victims
  • Additional Rule Changes to Paid Leave Oregon
  • Protections for Employees Who Refuse to Do Hazardous Work
  • Extension of Workplace Civil Rights Protections to Participants in Certain On-the-Job Training Programs
  • Employers’ Obligation to Report Engagement or Reengagement of Independent Contractors for Child Support Enforcement Purposes
  • Reminder Regarding Minimum Wage Increases Coming July 1, 2024

Washington Employment Law Legislative Updates:

  • Washington State Updates Both the Duties Test and Salary Basis for Exempt Employees
  • Washington State Minimum Wage
  • Updates to Paid Family Medical Leave—Washington
  • Certain Construction Workers Special Rule for Pay-out of Paid Sick and Safe Time
  • Unemployment Expanded for Officers of Employee-Owned Cooperatives
  • Caution When Hiring and Testing for Cannabis Use


If you have any questions about the employment law changes or would like any assistance reviewing employee handbooks or policies for compliance, please contact any of our FWW employment attorneys.

Kelly Tilden  focuses her practice in the areas of employment law, business, and litigation. She advises clients regarding the hiring, discipline and termination of employees, compliance with state and federal civil rights, wage and hour laws, and leave laws. Kelly offers practical guidance and experienced-based insight to help employers confidently apply state and federal regulations. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2018-2024 for Employment Law - Management.

Contact Kelly at 503.228.6044 or

Trish Walsh focuses her practice in the areas of litigation and employment law, protecting clients' interests inside and outside the courtroom. In her employment practice, Trish drafts, audits and updates policy handbooks and provides advice on employment issues under Oregon, Washington and federal laws. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2023-2024 for Commercial Litigation.

Contact Trish at 503.228.6044 or

Kim McGair's practice emphasizes a wide range of litigation matters including employment, commercial litigation, commercial collections, personal injury defense, and real estate litigation. She is an advocate for her clients and provides them with sensible advice and strong representation to protect their interests and help them achieve their objectives as efficiently as possible. Kim was selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2018-2024 for Commercial Litigation and to the Oregon Super Lawyers list 2019-2023 for Commercial Litigation.

Contact Kim at 503.228.6044 or

Jon Himes practices in several areas including litigation, employment, and financial services, enabling him to assist clients with a full-range of legal and business challenges. His employment practice focuses on employment litigation and wage and hour laws. 


Contact Jon at 503.228.6044 or

Law clerk, Jonathan Dugoni, contributed to these articles. Jonathan provides assistance to firm attorneys in research, drafting, and litigation preparation in a wide range of matters including real estate, business, and employment law. Jonathan is in his last year of law school at the University of Oregon and is graduating in May 2024.

Copyright © 2024 Farleigh Wada Witt. All Rights Reserved.


The contents of this publication are intended for general information only and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion on specific facts and circumstances.