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Formerly the department's paid family and medical leave insurance program, the new name also comes with a new logo.

COURTESY IMAGE: OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT - Paid Leave Oregon has a new name and logo.Slated to launch on Jan. 1, 2023, the Oregon Employment Department's paid family and medical leave insurance program is officially named Paid Leave Oregon.

The program, approved by Legislature in 2019, will allow employees to take paid time off for important life milestones, including safe leave, medical leave, and family leave. Contributions are scheduled to begin by employees and employers in January 2023, with benefits beginning September 3, 2023. Workers will pay 60% and employers 40% of the fund, and workers who earn at least $1,000 during the previous year would qualify for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, the maximum benefit set at $1,215 per week, Pamplin Media Group previously reported.

Family leave includes caregiving for a family member with a serious illness or injury, or to bond with a new child, including after birth, adoption or foster care placement. Medical leave is for an individual's own serious health conditions, and safe leave is for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment and stalking, according to the department.

Paid Leave Director David Gerstenfeld said the simplified name is intended to help connect with Oregonians.

"To create the country's best paid leave program, our messaging has to be welcoming and accessible to the people across the state," Gerstenfeld said. "Giving the program an easy-to-understand name and identity will help it resonate with both employees and employers in Oregon."

Paid Leave Oregon Director Karen Madden Humelbaugh said the new logo reflects the mission and vision of the program, of inclusivity, authenticity, empathy and caring.

"We're excited about the new logo, and we're even more excited about the paid leave benefits workers will receive," Humelbaugh said. "Our benefits rules are now open for public comment, and we want to hear from everyone who will be impacted by the program."

Three public hearings are scheduled for May on Paid Leave Oregon benefits, and people can email written feedback. Learn more at oregon.gov/employ/PFMLI.


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