Learn how Paid Leave Oregon works for small employers.
Small employers with fewer than 25 employees are not required to pay the employer contribution to Paid Leave Oregon. You will need to withhold your employees’ contributions and they will still be covered by Paid Leave Oregon.
You will need to file quarterly reports through your Frances Online account.
What’s Frances Online?
Frances Online is Oregon’s payroll reporting site. It has replaced the Oregon Payroll Reporting System (OPRS) and the Employer Account Access (EAA) portal. Frances Online is where you, as an employer, will file your quarterly payroll reports.
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You are a small employer if you have fewer than 25 employees. Learn more about how employer size is calculated.
A small employer is not the same as someone who is self-employed. Learn more about Paid Leave Oregon and self-employed people.
What you need to know
You need to:
- By Jan. 1, 2023: Post the model notice poster.
- The model notice poster tells employees about Paid Leave Oregon benefits as well as their rights and duties under the program.
- By Jan. 1, 2023, all employers must post the model notice poster at each work site and provide a copy to all remote employees.
- It should be posted or sent out in the language(s) you use to communicate with employees.
- You can download the poster in 11 languages.
- File quarterly payroll reports in Frances Online.
- Withhold, report, and submit your employees’ contributions. As a small employer with fewer than 25 employees, you do not need to pay the employer contribution, but you still need to withhold, report, and submit your employees’ contributions on the Oregon combined quarterly tax report.
- You will submit the employee contributions through the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR). Learn more about how to do that.
- Give eligible employees time off. You must give your employees paid time off if they are approved for leave by Paid Leave Oregon.
- Hold your employee’s job and role. If your employee has worked for you for more than 90 consecutive days, you must give them their job and position back if the position still exists when they return from paid leave.
You don’t need to:
- Pay the employer portion of the Paid Leave Oregon contribution.
- Pay your employees while they’re on leave. Paid Leave Oregon pays your employees a portion of their wages while they’re on leave.
- Decide if an employee is eligible for benefits. The Paid Leave program decides if an employee can take paid leave and manages all employee applications and benefits.
If you choose to pay the employer contribution, here are some things to know:
- You contribute 40% of the total 1% contribution rate.
- You can apply for assistance grants. These grants help cover costs like hiring a temporary replacement employee or helping with other wage-related costs when an employee takes leave. Learn more about assistance grants.
- You will file your report through Frances Online.
- You will make your employer contribution through the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) on Revenue Online.
As a small employer with fewer than 25 employees, you need to withhold, report, and submit your employees’ contributions (which is set at 1% for 2023), up to $132,900 of wages per employee, per year. Employees pay 60% of the 1% contribution rate. For example, if you have $1 million in payroll, the total employee withholding would be $6,000 (60% of the 1% contribution rate) per year.
Here’s how to withhold and submit employee contributions:
- On Jan. 1, 2023, start withholding your employees’ contributions from their wages
- Create an account in Frances Online
- File your quarterly payroll reports in Frances Online
- Submit your employees’ contributions through the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) through Revenue Online
Use the contributions calculator to estimate the amount of your employees’ withholding.
What does it mean to file quarterly reports?
- You will need to report the total number of employees you have
- You will need to report the total wages you paid for the quarter
- You will file these reports through Frances Online
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As a small employer with fewer than 25 employees, if you choose to pay the employer portion of Paid Leave contributions, you can apply for assistance grants that cover:
- Hiring a temporary employee while your employee is on leave
- Other wage-related costs, such as overtime or training
As a small employer, with fewer than 25 employees, you are not required to pay the employer portion of the Paid Leave contribution. If you choose to pay the employer contribution, you can get financial support to cover costs, such as hiring a temporary employee or getting help with other wage-related costs when an employee takes leave. Learn how to apply for assistance grants using Frances Online.