How to choose Paid Leave Oregon benefits
Follow this step-by-step guide to Paid Leave when you’re self-employed.
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.Create an account now:
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 applicationAfter your application has been approved, you will need to update it if the time frame changes. Learn more about how to update your application.
Once you have created your account, here’s what you will need to do:
- Pay your contributions every quarter—self-employed people pay the employee portion.
- Once your application has been approved, you will receive a quarterly payment amount which can be paid on Oregon’s Revenue Online. You can use the contributions calculator as an estimate.
- Every year, by April 30, report your income in Frances Online and provide a copy of your Oregon personal income tax return by submitting the annual income verification form in Frances Online.
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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