Paid Leave Oregon

Paid Leave Oregon is a State of Oregon mandated program that ensures individuals, employers, and families have the time and support they need to care for themselves and their loved ones when life's important moments affect their health and safety. Paid Leave Oregon will serve most employees in Oregon by providing paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, you or a loved one's serious illness or if you experience sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, or stalking.

The University of Oregon will contract with a third-party administrator to establish a plan that meets program requirements and cost-sharing contribution rates set by the State.

What You Need to Know Now

  • Contributions and benefits begin in September of 2023.
    By using a third-party administrator, contributions are not required until benefits become available. This provides significant cost savings for employees and the university because participating in the State-administered plan would require contributions to begin in January of 2023.
  • The university and employees share the cost of the paid leave program.
    The contribution rate is set by the State. UO pays 40 percent of the rate and employees pay 60 percent. More information about the contribution rate is provided below.
  • Employees will work directly with the third-party administrator to submit claims and receive payment. 
    A third-party administrator with experience managing similar plans will be well positioned to provide accurate and timely service and claims processing support for employees. 
  • More information will be available in the summer of 2023. 
    We know that you may have questions and be eager for more specific information, and we may not have all the answers. More guidance and information will become available as the State finalizes rules and as Human Resources moves forward with implementation. Processes and procedures for submitting claims and withholding contributions will be shared in advance of the September 2023 plan start date. In the meantime, visit the Paid Leave Oregon website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Paid Leave Oregon is a separate leave program available to employees who primarily work in Oregon.
    This program is in addition to other UO leave programs, such as Family Medical Leave Act, Oregon Family Leave Act, and collective bargaining agreement provisions, which are administered by Human Resources.

Oregon Paid Leave Contribution Rate

Contributions to Paid Leave Oregon begin in September 2023. They are calculated as a percentage of wages and will be deducted from your paycheck.

  • The rate is set each year by the State. 
  • The rate for 2023 is 1% of total wages.
  • The rate is jointly funded by the employee and the university. The employee pays 60% of the tax and the UO pays 40% on their behalf.
    For example, if an employee's gross pay totals $1,000 dollars, then the tax is 1% of the $1,000, which means the employee pays $6, or 60% of the tax rate, and the UO pays $4, or 40%.

Additional Information and Resources

Paid Leave Oregon is a State of Oregon mandated program. Refer to the Paid Leave Oregon website for more information about this new program.

Required Notice

The employer is required to post the Oregon Paid Leave poster in the workplace: