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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