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28 Apr

April 2021 Oregon HR Legal Updates

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Oregon Starts COVID-19 Wage Supplement Program

Update Applicable to:
All Oregon Employees.

What happened?
As part of the $200 million of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act funds authorized on July 14, 2020, Oregon has recently started its Quarantine Time Loss Program to help employees working for smaller businesses.

What are the details?
Employees that are required to quarantine as a result of exposure to, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, are eligible to apply for payments from the State of Oregon. The state offers a program in which employees may apply for up to $120 a day to cover up to 10 working days, for employees who do not qualify for any other form of paid leave related to COVID-19. To be fully eligible employees must fit the following criteria:

  • 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 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 unemployment insurance benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation.
  • Are not applying for workers’ compensation benefits for the time off due to quarantine or isolation or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • 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.
  • Can claim only one quarantine period.
  • You are not self-employed.
  • You are not part of the gig economy (Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, Grubhub, Instacart, etc.)
  • You are not being paid off the record—this means your employer is not reporting your income to the state and often employers who pay off the record pay in cash.

Employees who wish to learn more or want to apply for the program can do so by following this link.

What do employers need to do?
Employers do not need to take any action. However, this is a great resource for employees while it lasts, and it may be beneficial for employers to let employees know of the program.