How to choose Paid Leave Oregon benefits

Follow this step-by-step guide to Paid Leave when you’re self-employed.


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Create your account for Paid Leave Oregon

If you choose coverage, you will first need to create an account in Frances Online.

What is Frances Online?

Frances Online is Oregon’s payroll reporting system and online system for applying for Paid Leave and unemployment insurance benefits. 

Have questions? Visit our commonly asked questions about Frances Online.

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How to choose Paid Leave Oregon

Step 1: Gather your documents 

You’ll need to have one of the following documents ready before you apply:

  • Prior year’s Oregon personal income tax return—if don't have a copy, you can request a copy from the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR)
  • Net income from self-employment from the year before

Step 2: Apply for benefits

When you are ready to apply, you will use Frances Online. Remember:

  • To apply no earlier than 30 days before you need to take leave
  • To apply no later than 30 days after you take your leave 

Step 3: Update your application 

After your application has been approved, you will need to update it if the time frame changes. Learn more about how to update your application

Next steps

Once you have created your account, here’s what you will need to do:

When you apply for benefits

On Sept. 3, 2023, you will be able to apply for benefits. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You will be eligible for the same benefits as employees. Learn more about those benefits and the types of leave you can take.
  • In most cases, a self-employed person must pay for at least 1 quarter before becoming eligible for some benefits.
  • The benefit amount you will receive depends on when you start making contributions. For example, if you start contributions on Jan. 1, 2023, you will receive a different benefit amount than someone with the same income who started contribution payments on Apr. 1, 2023.
  • Self-employed people who choose to sign up for Paid Leave Oregon can get their full benefit amount on their total income after they’ve paid contributions for a year. If you’ve paid contributions for less than a year, the benefit amount will be less. 

Learn more about how coverage works when you’re self-employed.

We’ll keep this page up to date in the coming months as Paid Leave Oregon rolls out, so stay tuned!
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