How Can I Keep Employees/Prevent Layoffs

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This program seeks to prevent layoffs. Employers voluntarily make an agreement with the Oregon Employment Department to temporarily reduce employee hours, and workers with reduced hours are eligible for partial unemployment

UI benefits may be available to those who are on a temporary layoff. These benefits occur for claimants whose employer stops operation for a short period of time, such as cleaning following a coronavirus exposure or by government requirement. Workers can get UI benefits, and do not need to seek work with other employers. They must be able to work, stay in contact with you as their employer, and be available to work when you call them back.​

One option to consider is whether you may be able to use Oregon's Work Share program. It helps employers prevent layoffs by reducing the schedules of workers, instead of laying them off, while benefits help to offset employees' lost wages. ​

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has rapid response services to plan for job transitions needed when a business closure or mass layoff occurs, including cases of natural and other disasters. Local Rapid Response teams coordinate with employer, worker representative, Trade Act and Labor.  ​


Yes, anyone can file for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Currently excluded LLC members may elect coverage. Additional information is available from our Unemployment Insurance Tax division.​


Yes, anyone can file for unemployment benefits. In this case, LLC members could receive benefits if they meet all eligibility requirements.​


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COVID-19 Practices


The Oregon Employment Department has new guidance for employers who have or will be laying off some or all of their employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers need to provide information about Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits at the time of the layoff or separation of employment, even if the layoff is not permanent. This requirement is in ORS 657.260. The following notice should be posted and provided in either an electronic or printed format to separating employees.

As some employers already have laid off employees, we encourage those employers to reach out to their separated employees to provide this information.  

 Situation in the U.S. and Globally

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leads the U.S. response. The World Health Organization (WHO) guides the global response.

 Information from CDC   Information from WHO

For general information on COVID-19 in Oregon, call 211. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

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Updated on May 20th, 2020 01:39PM