No paid sick leave? You may be eligible for $120 per day while isolating or quarantining in Oregon

Nov 16 2020, 9:40 am

If you have to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure but don’t reap the benefits of a paid sick leave from your place of work, you may be in luck.

The State of Oregon’s COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program, announced Friday by the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services, is offering up to $120 per day for a maximum of 10 working days ($1,200 total) for those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Not sure if you’re qualified? Don’t fret – you can take this online quiz to see if you meet the requirements, or have a look at the eligibility criteria below.

First off, you must not be self-employed, and if eligible, you can claim only one quarantine period. You must also:

  • Work in Oregon and are required to file a personal income tax return in the state.
  • Were asked to quarantine by a local or tribal public health authority or provider due to exposure or if you are experiencing virus-related symptoms.
  • Are unable to work (including virtually) because you need to quarantine or isolate.
  • Don’t 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 your paid sick leave has already been exhausted.
  • Are not applying for unemployment insurance benefits or workers’ compensation benefits for the time off.
  • Are not seeking or using benefits from other quarantine relief programs from Oregon or elsewhere.
  • Are not applying or getting other paid leave from your employer during quarantine (like banked sick leave or vacation leave.)
  • Are not laid off or furloughed.
  • Have notified your employer that you need to quarantine or isolate.

Sound like you? Go ahead and fill out the program’s online application and have a look at the application instructions if you meet all of the above eligibility requirements.

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