New paid-leave program to help some workers in quarantine

If you don’t have access to coronavirus-related paid sick leave, the program could help fill the gap.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 5:30 PM

SALEM, Ore. – A new program is gearing up to help workers in Oregon who need to quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure.

If you don’t have access to coronavirus-related paid sick leave, the program could help fill the gap.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services said the COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program was created with $30 million from the federal government provided to help Oregon respond to the pandemic.

Those who quality will receive a $120 per-day payment for up to 10 working days for the time they are required to quarantine.

Employees can apply online starting Wednesday. Click here to learn more.

The application is available in English, Spanish and Russian. Those who do not have access to the internet can call 833-685-0850 toll-free or 503-947-0130. Those needing help in a language other than the three provided can call 503-947-0131 for help.

Below are the requirements:

  • Work in Oregon and required to file an Oregon personal 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 isolating because you have COVID-19-related symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • Not able to work (including telework) because you need to quarantine or isolate.
  • Do not expect to earn more than $60,000 individually or $120,000 jointly in 2020.
  • Your employer does not provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave or you have exhausted your available COVID-19-related paid sick leave.
  • Are not applying for or receiving unemployment insurance benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation.
  • Are not applying for or receiving workers’ compensation claim benefits due to quarantine or isolation.
  • 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 your employer during your quarantine or isolation, such as banked sick leave or vacation leave.
  • Are not laid off or furloughed by your employer.
  • Must have notified your employer that you need to quarantine or isolate.

Because the available funds are limited, the program is available only to quarantine periods that were in place on or after Sept. 16. Applicants can claim only one quarantine period.

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