Oregon maternity and family medical leave laws offer 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave for qualifying residents. The state-specific regulation extends its federal counterpart to small businesses and part-time workers.

Financial assistance for parents during a leave of absence from work is very spotty. Only those suffering occupational incidents (Workers Compensation) or permanent maladies (SSD) enjoy income replacement with any surety.


New parents and people suffering an off-the-job accident or illness are in frequent need of financial assistance. Oregon does not offer a short-term disability program that covers non-occupational medical conditions.

People should purchase a private individual policy in advance of becoming pregnant, getting sick, or suffering an injury. File a claim with the company issuing the coverage when the need arises.