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 state-approved plan.


  • The rate may not exceed 1% of an employee’s wages capped at the maximum wage base $132,900 (adjusts to $168,600 effective 01/01/2024).
  • Employee maximum contribution will be 60% of the total rate. Employers will pay at least 40% of the final rate. Employers may pay employee contributions.
  • Employers with fewer than 25 employees nationwide, are not required to pay the employer portion of the premiums.

Employee eligibility

Employees who have contributed to the PFML Insurance Fund and have earned at least $1,000 in wages during the base or alternate base year. (First 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters)

  • Base year: first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters
  • Alternate base: last 4 completed calendar quarters
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Leave reasons

Caring for a family member, bonding, medical and safe leave.

Job protection

Requires continuation of health insurance benefits, and reinstatement to previous or equivalent position if employed by their employer more than 90 days.

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
  • 2 additional weeks for pregnancy-related limitations

Helpful information

Timeline and key dates

  • January 1, 2023 Contributions for the program began
  • September 3, 2023  Benefits will become available to employees

How Unum can help

Unum will offer our clients both fully insured and self-insured solutions. We will also offer STD products to provide supplemental coverage that integrates seamlessly with our private plan or the state-run program.

Have questions?

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