The program gives employers an alternative to laying off your workforce. It lets you keep skilled employees during slow times by reducing work hours. Eligible staff whose hours are reduced get a portion of their regular unemployment insurance benefits to make up for the lost wages.
Find more information about our Work Share Program. View our Work Share fact sheet and Work Share FAQs. The Work Share program has information online and we are advising to start there www.oregonworkshare.com with application information. This program has increased in popularity and is a labor-intensive type of claim.
Federal legislation is providing full federal reimbursement for Work Share benefits for late March through December 2020. We are adding staff to meet the huge demand for this program. Contact info for Work Share:
- Email: OED_WorkShare@oregon.gov
- Phone: (503)-947-1800
- Toll Free: (800)-436-6191
Usually, benefits paid out under the Work Share plan would impact an employer’s future UI tax rate the same as any traditional unemployment insurance benefits would. Under recent federal legislation, however, there is an additional benefit to employers to use Work Share. Work Share benefits for March 29 through December 26, 2020 are being reimbursed by the federal government, which means they will not impact the employer’s tax rate.