Important Changes to OFLA and AP-7345 

Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA)

The Oregon Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1515, which made changes to the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) effective July 1, 2024.

OFLA will no longer protect leaves for the following reasons (but leave may qualify under other protected leave laws):

  • Parental leave
  • Leave due to a serious health condition of the employee or their family member

OFLA will continue to protect leave for the following reasons:

  • Bereavement leave
  • Pregnancy disability leave
  • To care for your child’s illness, injury, or a condition that requires home care

If qualifying, leave will be protected by the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employees also have the option to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) through The Standard for qualifying reasons.

Please note that PFML must be taken in full-day increments where no work is performed. Additionally, the statutory language that allowed for an additional four weeks of unpaid OFLA leave after all PLO/PFML leave entitlements have been exhausted is no longer applicable as of July 1, 2024. 

For more information about the major changes to OFLA effective July 1, see the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries website.

Updated forms and resources are also available in the Protected Leaves folder of the HR SharePoint site. 

If you have questions regarding protected leave entitlements, please contact Human Resources at

AP-7345 – Catastrophic Leave Program

Please be advised that during their June meeting, the RCC Board of Education voted to rescind Board Policy and Administrative Procedure 7345 (Catastrophic Leave Program). This policy and procedure were recommended to be rescinded due to the implementation of the Oregon Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML), which provides broader eligibility for, access to, and length of paid leave than that which was covered under the board policy and administrative procedure.

Before the recommendation was brought forward to the Board of Education, information was shared during CAMAT and FAMAT meetings.

For more information about OFLA, please contact