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Take care when you need to most

Paid Leave Oregon makes it easy for you to take time off – even when you’re self-employed – to care for yourself or loved ones when you need it most. Find out more about the program, what it means for you, how you can benefit and more.


How Paid Leave works when you’re self-employed

If you are self-employed or an independent contractor, you’re not automatically covered by Paid Leave Oregon. This means you are not required to pay into the program and you do not get the benefits. But, if you choose, you can elect into the program. Find out how below.

Important dates to know



On Jan. 1, 2023, if you choose to elect-in you will start paying into Paid Leave Oregon.

On Sept. 3, 2023, you will be able to apply for benefits.

As we roll out Paid Leave Oregon, we will post the latest updates  so keep checking back! You can also sign up for our bulletin and we'll send you the most up-to-date information.

Am I self-employed?

You can find out if you are self-employed by looking at how it is defined.

You can also find the definition of an independent contractor.

If you are an employee of your business and receive a paycheck that you report on a W2, then you are an employee covered by Paid Leave Oregon. If you receive profits from the business that you report as self-employed income on your taxes, then you are self-employed and can choose to  participate in the paid leave program if you want.

The contribution rate has been set for 2023 at 1%. Employees pay 60% of the set contribution rate, while employers with 25 or more employees pay 40%. 

A self-employed person who chooses coverage will only be responsible for the employee portion of the contribution rate, which in 2023 will be 0.6% of up to $132,900 in wages.  

How to choose coverage

If you want to elect into the Paid Leave program, you will get the same benefits as employees in Oregon. You can find out more online.

How to elect in

More information will be coming soon on how to choose Paid Leave coverage.

Have questions about benefits? Visit the Employees page to find out more.

Still have questions?

We know this can feel confusing. We’re here to help. If you have questions about your benefits, visit the Employer FAQ page. We're always updating these pages with common questions from self-employed individuals like you, so keep checking back. If you have questions about how to pay into the program, you can always feel free to call us at 833-854-0166 (toll-free) or email us at paidleave@oregon.gov. We'll get back to you within two business days.

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