Oregon’s Paid Family Leave Program for Self-Employed Individuals

(last updated October 2023)
Is it Available?


Who’s Eligible?
  • Self-employed people
  • Must have earned at least $1,000 during the base year

Note: The base year is the first 4 of the last 5 completed quarters or the 4 most recently completed quarters.

Employee/Self-Employed Contribution

Self-employed individuals who enroll will contribute 1.0% of their self-employment income, up to $132,900 in earnings a year.

Note: Contributions began in January 2023. Benefits began in September 2023.

Contribution Period

You must pay contributions every quarter. This means that you pay contributions four times per year, at the end of each quarter. These dates for 2023 are April 30, July 31, Oct. 31, and Jan. 31.

Qualifying Life Events
  • To care for a family member with a serious health condition.
  • For parents to bond with a new child entering their life either by birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
  • For a worker’s own serious health condition.
  • To address certain medical and non- medical needs arising from domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault or abuse, also known as “safe leave” or “safe time”.
Wage Benefit

The amount of the benefit payment will depend on the employee’s/self-employed individual’s average weekly wage, and can be up to 100 percent of their wage. More information to come later in the program’s development.

Length of Benefit

Up to 12 weeks in an application year.

Note: Up to two additional weeks for pregnancy, childbirth, or related circumstances. Which can be combined with other uses up to a total of 14 weeks in an application year.

Glossary of Terms:

Employee/Self-employed Contribution:

The amount that a self-employed individual must pay into the program in order to qualify for benefits. Depending on your state this contribution may be quarterly or annually.

Employee’s/Self-employed Average Weekly Wage (AWW):

The total amount an employee/self-employed person earned in a 52-week period divided by 52

  • Ex: If you make $40,000 annually, your average weekly wage is $769.23, which is $40,000 divided by 52.
  • If the contribution is .27% of an employee’s/self-employed person’s average weekly wage, if you made $40,000 annually, your contribution would be $108, which is $40,000 times .0027 (which is .27%).
Contribution Period:

The amount of time you need to pay into the program before you are eligible to apply for PFL benefits.

Qualifying Life Events:

The type of life events that allow you to apply for PFL benefits.

Wage Benefit:

Amount of benefit to be paid to employee/self-employed person during their PFL.

Length of Benefit:

Length of time covered under PFL.

Social Security contribution base:

This is a set of criteria by Social Security’s Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program that caps the amount of earnings each year that are eligible for your social security contributions. Some state’s Paid Family Leave insurance funds use this same threshold to cap contributions into their programs. This cap changes annually. For 2022 the base is $147,000.

Note: The contents of the directory last updated day of 2/15/22. We try our best to have the most up to date information possible, however please double check all information with your state. This directory is for educational purposes only.

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