Bill would give Ore. workers 2 weeks to grieve

Bill would give Ore. workers 2 weeks to grieve

Bill would give Ore. workers 2 weeks to grieve

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by LAUREN GAMBINO, Associated Press

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Posted on March 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM

SALEM -- Oregon lawmakers listened to testimony on a bill in the House that would give workers up to two weeks off to grieve the death of a relative.

House Bill 2950 would add death of a relative to an existing law that gives employees time off to deal with personal or family related issues such as illness and child birth.

Supporters gave tearful statements to the House Business and Labor Committee on Friday. They say two weeks would give employees time to grieve before having to return to work.

But opponents say the measure could hurt businesses and that existing law is sufficient.

A similar Senate bill was passed in 2011 but died in a House committee.

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