The Oregon Senate could help the state join seven other states with paid family- and medical-leave laws. The paid-leave bill that passed in the House last week would allow employees up to 12 weeks away from work in situations such as the birth of a child or to take care of a loved one with a serious medical condition. Andrea Paluso is head of Family Forward Oregon. She says the legislation will help people at all income levels….

Employers with fewer than 25 employees would be exempt from making contributions into the program. Opponents say it will make it harder to run a business in Oregon.