It depends on your business and how you pay yourself.
- If you pay yourself like an employee, Paid Leave Oregon considers you an employee and you would pay into the program like all other employees.
- If you are the only employee of your business, you would be considered a small employer because you have fewer than 25 employees. This means you would not need to pay the employer portion. The contribution rate has been set for 2023 at 1%. Employees pay 60% of this. As the only employee, you would pay the employee contribution.
- If you pay yourself as an independent contractor or as someone who is self-employed, then you are not automatically covered by Paid Leave Oregon. This means you are not required to pay into the program and you do not get the benefits. But, you have the option to choose coverage. If you choose coverage, you will contribute the same as an employee contribution. You can choose coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2023, and can apply for leave beginning Sept. 3, 2023.