Oregon employees: temporary layoff - Unemployment

To qualify for temporary layoff or reduction in hours unemployment benefits

 

1: You must have earned at least $1,000 in wages from employers subject to UI law AND have total base year wages that equal or exceed one and a half times the wages paid in the highest calendar quarter of the base year.

 

OR

 

2: If you don’t qualify the first way, you may qualify for a valid claim if you have some wages and worked at least 500 hours in employment subject to UI law during the base year.

 

To apply:

Online: https://secure.emp.state.or.us

  • Under “Unemployment” click on “Use the Online Claim System”

  • Then the blue box that says “File Your New Claim”

  • Then “Begin Claim”

Phone: 503-292-2057

Toll free Phone: 877-345-3484

  • To complete the application, you will need to following:

    • Your Social Security Number.

    • Your work history for the last 18 months, including dates of employment, your employers' business names, addresses and phone numbers. (If you worked for a Federal (non-military) employer, you may find this information on an SF-8 or SF-50.)

    • Your salary and total income from each employer.

    • If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will need your Alien Registration Number and documentation.

    • Phone number where you can be reached during normal business hours (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time).

Once you have submitted your unemployment claim with the state, the HR department will be notified and will confirm your status

 

Application Tips:

  • When asked if you plan to return to work with your regular employer within four weeks, you must say “yes” or temporary layoff benefits may be denied. If asked for a return date, you will need to indicate a date less than 4 weeks from the application date.

  • If temporary layoff benefits are denied for the above reason, you may still qualify for regular unemployment. Regular unemployment is different than in that you may be required to prove that you are looking for work.

  • Once you enter your personal information, your current employer information may autofill. If the business name is correct, but the address for the employer is inaccurate, please contact Coho Services HR at HR@cohoserv.com or by calling 503-425-1507 so we can advise on how to proceed.

  • Coho Services partners with a third party called PeopleSystems to help manage our unemployment, if you come across a screen that references the company as a primary contact or their address: PO Box 4816 Syracuse, New York 13221, it is ok to proceed.

If you receive an unemployment denial:

  • If your benefits are denied, please don’t panic as it may not be accurate. If that happens, please send the denial notice via email to HR at HR@cohoserv.com and we will look into it for you.

  • Depending on the reason for denial we may be able to correct it or you may have to file an appeal with the state. There should be information on the denial letter regarding how to do this.

  • You can be denied for standby benefits and still qualify for unemployment benefits

To estimate your potential benefit:

 

The Oregon Employment Department provides applicants with an unemployment insurance benefits estimator to help them get a better idea of what level of benefits they may be entitled to receive.  You will need to know what your base year is and what the wages are that you received for each quarter.  You can use paystubs and W2 forms to help you determine the appropriate amount.  The calculator is for estimating purposes only and the actual benefit you receive may be different than the amount shown.

To access the Oregon Unemployment Insurance Estimator:  https://secure.emp.state.or.us/ocs/estimator/?c7bkmk

 

Currently, you can receive benefits for 26 weeks for your benefit year.  You cannot file a new claim until your benefit year is up, evening you have exhausted all of your benefits.

 

Your Oregon unemployment amount is calculated as 1.25% of your total base year wages.  Oregon unemployment laws set the minimum and maximum amounts of UI benefits you can receive.  Currently, the weekly minimum is $126 and the weekly maximum is $538.

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