Applications open soon for Paid Leave Oregon benefits

Starting next week, Oregonians can begin applying for Paid Leave Oregon benefits.

The new benefits program applies to employees needing leave for family, medical, or safety reasons.

Paid Leave Oregon applications will start to be accepted on August 14th through a new online system.

Applications will be available in English and Spanish.

Officials with Paid Leave Oregon say this is a major program they hope will help positively impact Oregon’s working families.

“it will not only help individuals but will hopefully break some cycles of generational poverty and help businesses keep more of their skilled employees,” said David Gerstenfeld with Paid Leave Oregon.

The state says Paid Leave Oregon will start September 3.

Officials say they think it will take about two weeks after the program officially starts for benefits to be approved.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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