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Are Vacation Wages Due on Termination in Oregon?

Posted by attorney David Schuck

Under Oregon law, where an employer has agreed to pay vacation pay or paid time off, and refuses to do so, the employee likely has a wage claim. When looking at vacation pay or paid time off, the agreement is everything because without an agreement Oregon law does not require payment of vacation time or paid time off. If the employer has agreed to pay paid time off or vacation pay at termination and does not do so, the employee likely has a wage claim for the unpaid wages, plus penalty wages for the employer's failure to pay all wages at termination. The penalty wages are calculated my multiplying the regular hourly rate by 8 hours per day for a maximum of 30 days. Finally, because it is a wage claim, the employee can recover their costs of suit and attorney fees. Many attorneys will take such cases on a contingent bases meaning they essentially get paid to win your case.

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