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County joins fight over sick leave

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – The Malheur County Court has joined a legal effort to secure a legal interpretation regarding Oregon’s paid sick leave law.

Last week, the Court signed a pact to join Linn County in its lawsuit seeking to allow counties to opt out of the law based on a contention that it would be an unfunded mandate.

In all nine counties are on board for the legal challenge.

“Basically it says Malheur County will join Linn County and other counties and petition the court for the interpretation of that provision of the Oregon Constitution which is the unfunded mandate language,” Malheur County Counsel Stephanie Williams said.

Linn County is spearheading the effort and will foot the bill for almost all of the costs of the legal action, Williams said. The cost for Malheur County . . .