Oregon’s Temporary Work Share Rule

By December 31, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Oregon Employment Department adopted a temporary rule, OAR 471-030-0090, to allow Work Share participants to use any type of accrued paid leave to bring the work hour reduction within the 20% to 40% range required to receive shared work benefits, regardless of a missed opportunity of work. The state adopted this rule in response to the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency and to address unemployment concerns due to COVID-19 and the CARES Act expiration. With this new rule, leave hours count as hours worked during the week that an associate uses approved, accrued leave during any file week, regardless of if the reduction in work hours was due to the associate missing an opportunity to work for their shared work employer. This temporary rule is effective December 27, 2020 through June 25, 2021. While the temporary rule is in effect, the state will suspend OAR 471-030-0079 and will work to make a permanent rule for future use if needed. Employers can review the new rule here. This document includes information from the Statement of Need and Justification Worksheet, along with the temporary rule language.


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Mike Parker

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Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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