Most employees in Oregon who made at least $1,000 in the year before they apply for benefits may be eligible. On Aug. 14, 2023, eligible employees can apply for benefits. They can start taking paid leave on Sept. 3, 2023. Employees apply for paid leave and file claims with Paid Leave. Paid Leave Oregon—not their employer—pays them their benefits (except when the employer has an equivalent plan). Employees can receive benefits by direct deposit or debit card.