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THE MANDATORY PAID LEAVE OREGON 11/30/22 DEADLINE IS COMING UP! – CONTRIBUTIONS BEGIN 1/1/23

Beginning January 1, 2023, employers with workers based in Oregon will be assessed a payroll tax so the state can provide a family and medical leave benefit to all eligible workers. For most Oregon employers, participation in Paid Leave Oregon (formerly known as Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance or PFMLI) is mandatory. The Partners Group is strategically positioned to help you make an informed decision.

Employers with less than 25 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of the Paid Leave Oregon premium; see here for additional information on how Paid Leave Oregon impacts small employers.

For additional resources, visit the official State of Oregon “Paid Leave Oregon” website.

Paid Leave Oregon Q&A

Thursday, December 8
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. PST

Featuring:
Brycie Repphun
Account Executive, Total Absence Management, The Partners Group

Breanna Scott
Corporate Vice President, Paid Statutory Leaves for NY Life

Daris Freeman
Assistant Vice President and Counsel, Unum

Important Dates

  • Plan decision by 11/30/22
  • Contributions begin 1/1/23
  • Benefits begin 9/3/23

Covered Employers

  • OR public & private employees
  • Self-employed & tribal government employees can opt in

Covered Employees

  • Contributed to the Paid Leave Oregon fund
  • Earned at least $1,000 in the qualifying period

Benefit Duration

  • 12 weeks; additional 2 weeks for pregnancy or childbirth complications
  • Total Paid Leave Oregon & OFLA capped at 18 weeks

Who Pays?

  • Paid Leave Oregon expenses can be shared between employers & employees, with exceptions

Benefits

  • Employees may use sick time, vacation, or other earned paid leave
  • Wages can be replaced up to 100% of their AWW on a sliding scale

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS: REQUEST A CUSTOM PAID LEAVE OREGON ANALYSIS

IMPORTANT PAID LEAVE OREGON DATES

Employers must decide whether to:

1) pay the payroll tax and allow the State of Oregon to administer the Paid Leave Oregon program, or
2) offer employees an equivalent, state-approved plan.

The Partners Group can run a detailed analysis of your organization to help you understand Paid Leave Oregon’s financial impact and determine your best plan before the November 2022 decision deadline.

EMPLOYERS COVERED BY PAID LEAVE OREGON

All public and private employers with at least one eligible employee (EE) in Oregon are covered. Those employers who are self-employed, or tribal government employers are not covered, but can opt in to Paid Leave Oregon.

EMPLOYEES COVERED BY PAID LEAVE OREGON

Employees are covered by Paid Leave Oregon if they contributed to the fund and earned at least $1000 in wages during the qualifying period.

PAID LEAVE OREGON BENEFIT DURATION

Employees receive 12 weeks of paid benefits under Paid Leave Oregon. Those who are pregnant or experienced complications during childbirth receive an additional two weeks. An employee’s total paid (Paid Leave Oregon) and unpaid leave (OFLA) is capped at 18 weeks.

WHO PAYS FOR PAID LEAVE OREGON?

Expenses can be shared between employers and employees, with some exceptions.

  • Employees will be taxed at 1% of wages, capped at the annual Social Security maximum; contributions will not exceed 60% of the total rate.
  • Employers with 25 or more employees are responsible for at least 40% of the final rate and can elect to pay employee contributions.
  • Expenses can be shared between employers and employees, with some exceptions.

PAID LEAVE OREGON BENEFITS

In addition to receiving family and medical leave insurance benefits, the Paid Leave Oregon program allows employees to use paid sick, vacation, and any other earned paid leave to replace wages up to 100% of their average weekly wage (AWW) on a sliding scale:

  • Those with an AWW of up to 65% of Oregon’s AWW will receive a 100% benefit.
  • Those with an AWW that exceeds 65% of Oregon’s AWW will receive 100% of their wages up to 65% of the state’s AWW, plus 50% of wages that are over this threshold.
  • The weekly maximum Paid Leave Oregon benefit is capped at 100% of an employee’s AWW.

OUR PAID LEAVE OREGON EXPERTS MAKE THE COMPLICATED EASY

PAID LEAVE OREGON: FACT SHEET, WEBINARS, RESOURCES

Know your options! – should you choose the state plan or a state-approved private plan? We’ll send you specialized resources to help you decide – a fact sheet, webinar(s), updates on compliance, and other materials as they are released.

Sign up to receive our Paid Leave Oregon resources so you can make the best plan decision.