The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services recently rolled out a temporary paid leave program that provides paid leave to employees who need to quarantine or isolate but do not qualify for COVID-19-related paid sick leave (or do not have access to COVID-19-related paid time off).
Employees must meet all the following requirements to be eligible for the program:
- Work in Oregon and required to file an Oregon income tax return.
- Directed to quarantine by a local or tribal public health authority or health care provider because of exposure to someone infected or have COVID-19-related symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
- Not able to work (including telework) because they need to quarantine or isolate.
- Did not have adjusted gross income of more than $60,000 individually or $120,000 jointly on their 2019 Oregon tax return. If they made more than $60,000 individually or $120,000 jointly in 2019 or if they did not file a 2019 Oregon tax return, then they will be eligible if they do not expect to earn up to $60,000 individually or $120,000 jointly in 2020. NOTE: The adjusted gross income on the 2019 Oregon personal income tax return is on line 7 for Form 40 (fullyear residents), and line 29F on Forms 40N (nonresidents) and 40P (part-year residents).
- Their employer does not provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave or they have exhausted their available COVID-19-related paid sick leave.
- Are not applying for unemployment insurance benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation.
- Are not applying for workers’ compensation benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Are not seeking or using benefits from similar COVID-19 quarantine relief programs in Oregon or another state.
- Are not applying for or receiving other forms of paid leave from their employer during their quarantine or isolation, such as banked sick leave or vacation leave.
- Are not laid off or furloughed by their employer.
- Must have notified their employer that they need to quarantine or isolate.
- Can claim only one quarantine period.
Eligible employees will receive a $120 per-day payment for up to 10 working days ($1,200 total). The website below includes a handy dashboard showing the number of applications received to date (165) and the funds disbursed ($64,000 as of September 21, 2020).
Information about the new program is here: https://www.oregon.gov/dcbs/covid-pl/pages/index.aspx?utm_source=DCBS&utm_medium=egov_redirect&utm_campaign=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.oregon.gov%2Fcovidpaidleave