Be in the Know: New Rules on Leave

Oregon requires paid medical leave (PML) and paid family leave (PFL) income replacement benefits for eligible workers who need time off from work for qualifying reasons.

Coverage and cost

Learn more about your state rules and eligibility

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Covered employers

All employers are covered except the federal government, tribes, and self- employed.

Coverage options

Employers may use the state or a private plan. Private plans must be approved by the state.


  • The rate may not exceed 1% of an employee’s wages capped at annual Social Security maximum. The Oregon Employment Department will set the rate.
  • Employee max contribution will be 60% of the total rate. Employers will pay at least 40% of the final rate. Employers may pay employee contributions.
  • Employers that employ fewer than 25 employees are not required to pay the employer contribution.

Employee eligibility

Employees who have contributed to the PFML Insurance Fund and have earned at least $1,000 in wages during the base (first 4 of the last 5).

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Leave Reasons

Family, bonding, medical.

Job protection

Employers must provide continuation of health insurance benefits and restore an employee to his/her previous (or equivalent) position if 90 days tenured prior to leave.

Other protections and provisions

Minimum one work day increments required.


Employees receive up to 100% of their average weekly wage on a sliding scale. Maximum weekly benefit = 120% of the state average weekly wage.

12 weeks of paid leave per benefit year (14 weeks if employee was disabled due to pregnancy). No more than 16 total weeks of leave (paid or unpaid) when combined with leave taken under Oregon Family Leave Act (18 weeks if disabled by pregnancy).

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Timeline and key dates

  • January 1, 2023 contributions for the program begins.
  • September 3, 2023  benefits will become available to employees.
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How Unum can help

Unum has not yet decided whether it will offer a private OR PFML plan.

Have questions?

Reach out to our sales team to learn more about Unum’s state PFML and absence management solutions.