Learn about Paid Leave equivalent plans and how to apply to get yours approved.
An equivalent plan is a plan that:
- Has the same or more benefits than Paid Leave Oregon
- Covers all employees
- Cannot deduct more from employees’ contributions than Paid Leave Oregon
- Is approved by the Oregon Employment Department
What are the different types of equivalent plans?
This type of equivalent plan is one that an employer offers their employees, and:
- The employer is responsible for all the financial risks
- The employer is responsible for managing the benefits and administration of the equivalent plan, even if the plan is administered by the employer or a third party payroll administrator
- The employer pays the employee benefits when they take paid leave
This type of equivalent plan is one where an employer purchases an insurance policy from an insurance company to cover their employees, and:
- The benefits related to the plan are administered through the insurance policy
- The employer pays the insurance company monthly, and the insurance company pays the benefits while the employee is on paid leave
You can submit your equivalent plan application now in Frances Online.Learn more about equivalent plans
It costs $250 (nonrefundable) for a new application. Employers must reapply every year (for 3 years) or whenever their plan changes.Find out more about equivalent plan application fees in the Equivalent Plan Guidebook.
What you’ll need:
- Business Identification Number (BIN)
- Nonprofit Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Employer name, address, and contact information
- A copy of either an employer-administered equivalent plan or a fully insured insurance policy specifying the options you are choosing
For employer-administered plans only, proof of solvency is needed by providing either:
- Proof of sufficient assets
- A bond or an irrevocable letter of credit with the Oregon Employment Department named as the payee or beneficiary, issued by an insured institution
For fully insured plans only, information about the insurance policy and carrier is needed:
- Business and contact information for the insurance carrier
- The date the policy begins and ends
- $250 application fee (or $150 for reapproval)
For a complete list of what you’ll need and when, take a look at the Equivalent Plans Checklist or the Equivalent Plan Guidebook.
Create an account in Frances Online
Frances Online is Oregon’s payroll reporting site and replaced the Oregon Payroll Reporting System (OPRS) and the Employer Account Access (EAA) portal. Have questions? Visit our commonly asked questions about Frances Online.
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Ready to apply?
Once you have created your account in Frances Online:
- Select the Paid Leave Oregon panel
- Select Submit an Equivalent Plan Application
- Fill out the equivalent plan application form
- Attach the requested documents
- Submit your application with the $250 nonrefundable fee (or $150 for reapproval)
- The Oregon Employment Department will review it and get back to you in about 30 days
Employer Equivalent Plan
Here you will find the Employer Equivalent Plan forms along with other resources.