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Paid Leave Oregon makes sure you can take paid time off to care for yourself or loved ones during life’s important moments. Find out more about the program, what it means for you and your family, and how to apply today.


Apply for Paid Leave Oregon 

Benefits are available now. Use our employee toolkit for a quick start guide on what you need. Here are some things to keep in mind as you get ready:

You can use the benefits calculator for an estimate of how much your weekly benefits may be if you take paid leave.

Employers withhold contributions from your wages.

Frances Online is the quickest and easiest way to apply for Paid Leave. You can answer questions from Paid Leave and check the status of your application or payments. If you can’t access Frances Online, send us a paper application or call us at 833-854-0166. It may take longer for you to receive a response.

Am I covered?

Most people who work in Oregon are covered by Paid Leave Oregon. Learn more in our employee guidebook.

You are generally covered if:

If you work in more than one state, please see the Place of Performance factsheet.

What kind of work counts?

It counts if you:

  • Work a seasonal job in Oregon
  • Work a full-time job in Oregon 
  • Work a part-time job in Oregon
  • Work for one or more employers in Oregon

You are not automatically covered if you are:

  • Self-employed or an independent contractor
  • A Tribal government or you work for a Tribal government
  • A federal employee
  • A participant in a work training program as part of a state or federal assistance program
  • A participant in a work-study program that provides students in secondary or postsecondary educational institutions with employment opportunities for financial assistance or vocational training
  • A railroad employee exempted under the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act
  • A volunteer
You can choose coverage if you’re self-employed, an independent contractor, or a Tribal government employer

Paid Leave and OFLA

We understand that you may have questions about what types of leave different programs cover. For example, the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) includes bereavement leave as protected, but unpaid leave. Paid Leave doesn’t include bereavement leave.

For more information, review some of the following fact sheets.
SB 1515 Changes to OFLA and Paid Leave

What kinds of leave are covered?

Family leave
Family leave

 Caring for members of your family:

Medical leave
Medical leave

To care for yourself when you have a:

Safe leave
Safe leave

To care for yourself or your child if you or your child are survivors of:

  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Harassment
  • Bias crimes
  • Stalking

Key Terms

Family member

Paid Leave Oregon was created with families of every kind in mind, making sure people can access the time they need with an inclusive definition of “family member.” A family member under Paid Leave Oregon can be any of the following:

  • Your spouse or domestic partner
  • Your child (biological, adopted, stepchild, or foster child), your spouse or domestic partner’s child, or the child’s spouse or domestic partner
  • Your parent (biological, adoptive, stepparent, foster parent, or legal guardian), the parent of your spouse or domestic partner, or your parent’s spouse or domestic partner
  • Your sibling or stepsibling or their spouse or domestic partner
  • Your grandparent or your grandparent’s spouse or domestic partner
  • Your grandchild or your grandchild’s spouse or domestic partner
  • Any person you are connected to like a family member

Qualifying life event

A qualifying life event means any of these:

Your Paid Leave Oregon benefits

Time off with pay and job protection

You can take up to 12 weeks paid leave in a 52-week period (starting from the Sunday before your leave begins). You can take a week or a single day off at a time based on what your serious health condition needs.

You may be able to take up to 2 additional weeks (up to 14 total weeks) if you are pregnant, have given birth, or have health needs because of childbirth.

Paid Leave Oregon pays you every week while you are on leave. Learn more.

Your job is protected by law while you’re on paid leave if you have worked at least 90 consecutive days for your employer.

Your employer cannot fire you or threaten you for taking time off if you are eligible for paid leave, and they must give you the time off according to the law.

If your position no longer exists when you return from paid leave and your employer has 25 or more employees, they must give you a similar position. If your employer has less than 25 employees and your position is no longer available, they can give you a different position when you return with similar job duties and the same benefits and pay.

How much do I pay for Paid Leave?

Employers and employees share the cost of Paid Leave Oregon. 

  • The 2024 total contribution rate is 1% (this may change from year to year but will never go higher than 1%). The total contribution rate means the amount the employer and employee combined pay into the program.
  • Employees pay 60% of the total 1% contribution rate. This is no more than 0.6% of your gross wages up to maximum wages of $168,600 (for 2024). This means once your wages reach $168,600 (for 1 employer) in the calendar year, you do not pay contributions on wages above that amount. (This amount may adjust for inflation each year.)
  • Large employers with 25 or more employees pay 40% of the total 1% contribution rate. 
  • Employers started taking contributions out of your wages on or after Jan. 1, 2023. You can use the contributions calculator to figure out the approximate amount of your contribution.

Contributions calculator

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When to give notice to your employer about using Paid Leave

30-day notice
30-day notice

If you know you will need to use Paid Leave, you need to let your employer know at least 30 calendar days before you take leave, unless giving advance notice is not possible for you.

24-hour emergency notice
24-hour emergency notice

In an emergency, you must tell your employer (this does not have to be in writing) that you plan to use Paid Leave within 24 hours. Follow up with a written notice to your employer within 3 days after starting leave.

If you do not give notice to your employer, this may reduce your first weekly benefit payment by 25%.

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