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Bill Would Give Workers in Oregon Time to Grieve

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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers are considering a House bill that would give workers up to two weeks off to grieve the death of a relative.

The measure 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 child birth or illness.
    
Supporters gave tearful statements Friday to the House Business and Labor Committee. They say two weeks would give workers time to grieve before having to return to work.
    
However, opponents say the bill could hurt businesses and the existing law is sufficient.

The state Senate passed a similar bill in 2011 but it died in a House committee.

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