Tribal governments

How Paid Leave Oregon works for Tribal governments.

Tribal government exemptions

As a Tribal government, you can choose to contribute to Paid Leave, but you are not required to pay into the program. As a Tribal government, you do not have to be involved in Paid Leave in any way. 

If you choose to offer Paid Leave benefits to your employees, here’s what you need to know:
  1. A Tribal government is “a federally recognized sovereign Tribal government whose borders lie within this state or an intertribal organization formed by two or more of those governments.” (ORS 181A.940)
  2. Tribal governments that want to provide Paid Leave benefits to their employees can provide individual coverage for each of the Tribal-owned businesses.
  3. Choosing coverage happens through an intergovernmental agreement between the Tribal government and the State of Oregon. The coverage is for at least 3 years.
  4. Tribal government contributions and benefits are generally the same as other employers. And the same goes for contributions and benefits for employees of Tribal governments—their coverage is also generally the same as employees covered by private and public employers. 
  5. If a Tribal government chooses coverage under Paid Leave Oregon, the coverage lasts a minimum of 3 years.

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