It’s time for Paid Leave Oregon

It’s time for Paid Leave Oregon

Paid Leave Oregon helps you make time for some of life’s most important moments.

What is Paid Leave Oregon? 

Paid Leave Oregon is a new program that ensures individuals, employers, and families of every kind have the time and support they need to care for themselves and their loved ones when they need it most.  

When does Paid Leave Oregon start?

Important dates to keep in mind.

Paid Leave Oregon contributions begin
Paid Leave Oregon contributions begin

Jan. 1, 2023: Employees and large employers with 25 or more employees start paying into the Paid Leave program.

Self-employed people can choose Paid Leave Oregon coverage
Self-employed people can choose Paid Leave Oregon coverage

Jan. 1, 2023: Self-employed people and independent contractors can choose to participate in the Paid Leave program.

Employees can begin applying for Paid Leave Oregon benefits
Employees can begin applying for Paid Leave Oregon benefits

Sept. 3, 2023: Paid Leave benefits begin.

What you need to know about Paid Leave Oregon

Employees

Employees

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Self-employed

Self-employed

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Paid Leave Oregon at a glance

Paid Leave Oregon is a new program that provides paid time off to employees when they need to care for themselves or the ones they love.

How does Paid Leave work?

  • Paid Leave lets employees take paid time off when many of life’s most important moments impact our families, health, and safety. Learn about qualifying life events.
  • Starting Jan. 1, 2023, employees, regardless of employer size, and large employers with 25 or more employees begin paying into the program.
  • Large employers pay 40% of the 1% contribution rate (the amount you pay into the program), and employees pay 60% of the 1% total contribution rate. Learn more about contributions.
  • If you’re an employer with fewer than 25 employees, you are considered a small employer. You can choose to contribute, but you are not required to pay into the program. You are required to collect and submit your employees’ contributions starting Jan. 1, 2023. Learn more about your role as a small employer.
  • On Sept. 3, 2023, benefits start.
Learn more about how Paid Leave Oregon defines large and small employers. 

How does Paid Leave work?
Who’s eligible for Paid Leave benefits?

Who’s eligible for Paid Leave benefits?

If someone is eligible for benefits, it means they’re able to be part of the Paid Leave program. Employees who work in Oregon and who made at least $1,000 the year before they apply for Paid Leave may be eligible for benefits. 

  • If you work full time, part time, or for more than one job or employer, it counts.
  • If you’re self-employed or an independent contractor, you’re not automatically covered—but you can choose coverage. Find out how to choose coverage and what it means to be self-employed or an independent contractor.
  • Tribal governments are not automatically covered, and are not required to participate but can choose to offer coverage.
  • Federal government employees are not eligible for Paid Leave benefits.

What benefits does Paid Leave offer to employees?

  • Employees can take up to 12 weeks paid leave in a 52-week period (starting from the day leave begins) for family, medical, or safe leave. If pregnant, in some situations, an employee may be able to take up to 2 more weeks for a total of 14 weeks.
  • Employees can choose when and how to take the time off. 
  • Paid Leave pays employees a percentage of their wages while they’re on leave.
  • An employee’s job and role are protected if they’ve worked for the same employer for at least 90 consecutive days.

What benefits does Paid Leave offer to employees?

Types of leave

Family leave
Family leave

This includes:

  • Birth of a child
  • To bond with a child in the first year:
    • After birth
    • Through adoption
    • When they’re placed in your home through foster care
  • To care for a family member with a serious health condition

Medical leave
Medical leave

This includes:

Safe Leave
Safe Leave

This is for:

  • Survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, or stalking

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