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At the request of:
Chief Sponsors: Representative Buehler, Hoyle,Senator Devlin, Gelser, Hansell, Knopp, Kruse, Whitsett
Regular Sponsors: Representative Barker, Barreto, Bentz, Clem, Davis, Doherty, Esquivel, Evans, Fagan, Frederick, Gallegos, Gorsek, Hack, Hayden, Heard, Huffman,Johnson, Kennemer, Lininger, Lively, McLain, McLane, Olson, Parrish, Piluso, Rayfield, Read, Reardon, Smith Warner, Sprenger, Taylor, Vega Pederson,Weidner, Whisnant, Williamson, Wilson, Witt, Senator Boquist, Johnson, Olsen (Presession filed.)
Bill Title: Relating to employee whistleblowers.
Catchline/Summary: Provides affirmative defense to public employee and certain nonprofit employee whistleblowers who provide lawfully accessed information to state or federal regulatory agency, law enforcement agency, manager employed by employer or employee's attorney .
Provides affirmative defense to public or nonprofit organization] employee and certain nonprofit employee whistleblowers who provide lawfully accessed information to state or federal regulatory agency, law enforcement agency, member of Legislative Assembly,] manager employed by employer or employee's attorney licensed in Oregon]. Bars affirmative defense if information is disclosed or redisclosed to other party. Bars affirmative defense if information disclosed is stated in commercial exclusive negotiating agreement or commercial nondisclosure agreement involving public or nonprofit employer. Denies affirmative defense if information disclosed relates to individual coworker or supervisor unless information disclosed relates to coworker or supervisor's scope of employment. Provides that attorney or employee of attorney may not assert affirmative defense if information disclosed relates to representation of client. Subjects disclosures to rules of professional conduct. Requires public and nonprofit employers to establish policies for employee whistleblowers and notify employees of whistleblower rights under Act. Requires] Allows attorneys who work for public employers to report violations of law to Attorney General, subject to rules of professional conduct. Provides that information disclosed remains subject to attorney-client privilege and public records law. Acknowledges supremacy of federal law over state law. Creates whistleblower protection for nonprofit employees.] Extends public whistleblower protection to employees of nonprofit organizations that accept public funds. Makes certain violations subject to maximum penalty of one year's imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Authorizes court to award civil damages up to $10,000 and punitive damages in addition to existing remedies.] Provides right to jury trial and punitive damages.
Chapter Number: Chapter 73
Fiscal Impact: Has Minimal Fiscal Impact
Revenue Impact: No Revenue Impact
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