The Oregon Employment Department has officially set the rates that employers and employees will have to pay for the state’s new paid family and medical leave program.
Starting in January, workers will pay 0.6% every paycheck and employers will pay 0.4%, the state decided.
“For example, if an employee made $1,000 in wages, the employee would pay $6 and the employer would pay $4 for this paycheck,” the Employment Department said in a press release.
The program will feature a fund that, starting in September 2023, will pay benefits to Oregon workers who need to take time off to care for a sick family member or after a birth or adoption. It will also provide benefits for an employee who needs to take medical leave for their own serious health condition or for an employee experiencing issues related to domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault or stalking.
Paid Family Leave director Karen Humelbaugh said the employees’ portion will be deducted directly from paychecks.