Oregon Senate recently passed House Bill 2005, making Oregon the eighth state in the US to offer paid family and medical leave. The bill awaits Governor Kate Brown’s signature.

HB 2005 provides eligible Oregon workers 12 weeks of paid leave to “welcome a new child, recover from a serious illness, care for loved ones recovering from serious illness, or deal with issues related to domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault or stalking.”1

Any employee who has earned at least $1,000 in a calendar year is eligible to receive state leave benefits starting in 2023. Employees earning equal to or less than 65-percent of Oregon’s average weekly wage will receive a 100-percent wage replacement. Those earning more will receive less (more details under Section 7 (b) of HB2005).

Employers and employees will split the funding 60-40 starting in 2022 to fund the first year of the program in 2023. Premiums will be no more than a one-percent payroll tax. Employers with fewer than 25 employees are not required to contribute.

The Partners Group’s Total Absence Management team will be helping clients integrate their current leave programs with the new state benefits. Please contact them at tamteam@tpgrp.com with questions.

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1https://www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-lawmakers-ok-paid-family-and-medical-leave/1090710712