Oregon Department of Employment Prepares for 2023 Launch of ‘Paid Leave Oregon’ Program

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Department of Employment’s paid family and medical leave insurance program, which is expected to roll out next year, is now called “Paid Leave Oregon.”

When it launches next year, Paid Leave Oregon will allow workers to take paid time off for some of life’s most important moments. This includes:

  • Family leave – to care for a family member with a serious illness or injury, or to bond with a new child after birth, adoption or foster care .
  • Medical leave – during his own serious medical condition.
  • Safe leave – for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and stalking.

Employee and employer contributions begin January 1, 2023, with worker benefits beginning September 3, 2023.

Paid leave director David Gerstenfeld hopes the simplicity of the new name will help the program connect with Oregonians. “To create the best paid vacation program in the country, our message must be welcoming and accessible to people across the state,” Gerstenfeld said. “Giving the program an easy-to-understand name and identity will help it resonate with Oregon employees and employers.”

Paid Leave Oregon Director Karen Madden Humelbaugh said the new logo aligns with the new program’s vision and mission. “The logo we chose represents the values ​​of Paid Leave Oregon – inclusiveness, authenticity, empathy and caring,” Humelbaugh said.

Further emphasizing inclusivity, Humelbaugh encouraged Oregonians to engage in the process of building the program. “We’re excited about the new logo, and we’re even more excited about the paid time off workers will receive. Our benefits rules are now open for public comment, and we want to hear from everyone who will be impacted by the program.

Paid Leave Oregon has scheduled three public hearings in May on paid leave. People can also provide written feedback via email [email protected]

More information about Oregon Paid Leave is available online at oregon.gov/employ/PFMLI. There are a number of new resources on the website, including information on benefits, equivalent plans and a new program overview.


The Oregon Department of Employment (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. Everyone has the right to use OED programs and services. OED provides free help. Some examples are sign and spoken language interpreters, materials written in other languages, Braille, large print, audio, and other formats. If you need assistance, please call 971-673-6400. TTY users call 711. You can also contact [email protected] for assistance.

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