Oregon StateOregon unemployment benefits provide temporary compensation to unemployed workers while they search for a new position. Employers in the state of Oregon fund the benefits workers obtain from the Oregon Department of Employment, but unemployment claimants must meet eligibility requirements to meet the criteria for benefits in the state. Individuals have to file a claim with the state to settle on eligibility.

Eligibility for Oregon Unemployment Benefits

This segment explains the eligibility requirements for establishing a valid unemployment account.

Non- Monetary Eligibility

The basic requirements for collecting unemployment are:

Oregon Unemployment

  • You must be able to work, available for work, and keenly seeking work each week you claim
  • You must be all set, willing and able to take any offer of suitable work. Suitable work is work that you did in the past or that you are actually able to do now.
  • You must be determined to be laid-off through no fault of your own as defined under Oregon law.
  • You must file ongoing claims and reply to questions concerning your continued eligibility. You must report any earnings from work and any job offers or denial of work during any claim period.

Each and every week you claim, you must be:

UNEMPLOYED – You are jobless in a week if you:

  • Did no work; or
  • Worked less than full-time and earned less than your weekly benefit amount.

You can work part time and collect benefits. You must take all available work and still earn less than your weekly benefit amount. Volunteer work may be acceptable under certain conditions. In either case, you must keep on looking for a full-time job.

The Oregon Employment Department consider where you live, the pay you earned, your experience and training, how long you have been out of work, and whether the work would be actually risky or morally unpleasant to you.

Monetary Eligibility

Claimants must meet monetary eligibility requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits.
The minimum weekly benefit amount available is currently $122 a week. The maximum potential weekly benefit is currently $524 a week. Your weekly benefit amount is based on your recent work record for a 12-month period known as the base year.

Base Period

In order to collect unemployment benefits, you must have been employed. The Oregon Employment Department issues requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established phase of time referred to as a “base period.”


OR UnemploymentThe state of Oregon uses a base period to decide eligibility for benefits, as well as the weekly benefit amount. According to Oregon.gov, base period “is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed at the time you file your initial application.” For example, if you file a new claim in May, your base year is all four quarters of the previous calendar year.

The state makes use of the earnings during this period to compute benefits.

To qualify for a valid claim, your work and wages during the base period must meet one of the following:

  • In Oregon, the claimant should have total earnings in the base period that is no less than one-and-a-half times higher than the earnings in the highest paying quarter. In addition, the claimant must have earned at least $1000 during the base period.
  • You must have worked 500 hours of subject employment.

Reasons for Disqualification

Your Oregon unemployment benefits may stop or refused if it is determined that you become laid-off by:

  • Quitting a job
  • Being fired
  • Being unable to work
  • Being out of the labor market
  • Attending school
  • Being self-employed
  • Being incarcerated
  • Missing an opportunity to work
  • Turning down a job
  • Not seeking work
  • Receiving retirement pay
  • Failing to participate in Worker Profiling activities
  • Turning down a referral to work

Filing for OR Unemployment Claims

Application for OR Unemployment BenefitsOregon unemployment claimants must file a claim with the Department of Employment to obtain benefits. Claimants must supply name, address, social security number and telephone number when filing with the state. Oregon also needs a work history for the last 18 months along with name of the employer, dates of employment, employers address and telephone number. The claim for unemployment benefits also needs the salary earned with each employer.

If you need more details on this, refer to OR unemployment compensation guide.
In case your benefits unemployment have run out you may be entitled to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

Below are some of the FAQ’s as well as the solutions:

What can I expect after I file my unemployment application?

Whether you file your first unemployment application online or by telephone, staff needs to process the application. This can take a few days when workload is heavy. Once the application is processed, we mail you a Wage and Potential Benefit Report and a Claimant Handbook.

What is a Waiting Week?

The Waiting Week is the first week on your claim in which you meet all eligibility requirements. You do not receive payment for your waiting week. Every unemployment account must have a Waiting Week before government can start making benefit payments.

How do I get my PIN? And what is a CID?

Personal Identification Number

You chose a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you filed your initial unemployment application, whether you filed online or by telephone. You will use the same PIN all through your claim. You will need it whenever you access the Online Claim System and to claim weekly benefits whether online or by telephone.

Agency employees do not know your PIN. If you forget it, you will have to ask Oregon employment department to reset it so that you can choose a new PIN. You are responsible for the security of your PIN. Do not share it with anyone and don’t let others use it.

Claimant Identification Number

Your Claimant Identification Number (CID) is a number allotted only to you at the time you filed your initial unemployment application. Oregon government use it on the documents they send to you as a way to safeguard your claim and Social Security number from identity theft. You will need your CID to change your address or apply for direct deposit through the Online Claim System. The government will not give out your CID, even to you if you call, so please keep a record of it.

Where can I get help finding a job?

The Employment Department offers a broad range of services to assist in your return to work. Resume writing resources, employer job listings, labor market information, and career exploration tools are among the services offered. Staff is available to help you and introduce you to the services that will benefit you in your work search.

How does retirement pay affect my benefits?

Retirement pay could lessen your benefits, make you disqualified, or have no effect at all. If you are not entitled for periodic payments, it has no effect. If an employer for whom you worked during the base year of your claim either contributed to the retirement fund or maintained it, then your retirement pay is deducted dollar for dollar.

Social Security does not affect your benefits unless you do not want to work full time, put limits on the type of work you will do, or if you do not want to look for work anymore.

718 thoughts on “Eligibility”

  1. I am a college student that barley can make my bills. I work a maximum of 20 hours a week as a server. Would I qualify or have a chance to qualify for aide? If so what were the negatives for getting aide?

  2. Hello,

    I will be laid off next month and trying to prepare.

    I have worked in Oregon since May 2013. And have other wages from California for the rest of the quarters. Can I file a multiple state unemployment claim? Or can you access my wages from the state?

  3. Can I collect on an unemployment claim if I can only work part-time? What if I have worked part-time for 5 years and then get laid off. I want to file for unemployment benefits and collect them while I look for another part-time job? If I have worked a sufficient number of hours or earned enough to qualify for unemployment compensation, can I collect it if I am only interested in part-time employment?

  4. I have a question, I have to move out of state to California to take care of my terminally ill mother. I have been working full time for the last 16 years. I am trying to transfer with my current employer but they do not have a full time position nor a position that pays the same as I make now. I want to work but in my field of work jobs are very scarce. I am willing to take a part time job with less pay but am afraid I wont be able to pay all my bills. Is this a qualifying circumstance? My wife who has to go with me also will have to quit her job, but does not have a chance to transfer nor are there any jobs in her field available. She is willing to work and also willing to be retrained for any type of work. Could she qualify under those circumstances?

  5. I am curious if there is any chance I can qualify for benefits. I see that those who voluntarily quit a job do not typically qualify, however I quit my job because I was being asked to do things which were unethical and I refused to do them. I also have a second part time job, which I am only receiving about 8 hours a week at. I have been applying for other positions for a few weeks now with no luck. Is there any way I could receive benefits to help sustain myself until I’m able to find another party time job? Thank you.

  6. If I’m collecting about $450 per week in unemployment benefits and I am offered a part time job that pays $165 per week, what happens to my benefits? Are they stopped? Are they reduced? Do I have to accept a part time job if I am seeking full time employment?

  7. Do I have to take less money to get off of unemployment? exp. If i make $524 a week for unemployment do I have to accept work that would pay me less? if so, how much less.

  8. I would like to know how much I have to make or if I fall short the minimum hours needed will I still be compensated?

  9. Here is my question. The employer is providing a 20 week Severance pay that will be paid as a lump sum within 2 weeks of being terminated. The Severance agreement states the the employee will NOT apply for Unemployment for 20 weeks after receiving the Severance payment. If the employee applies for Unemployment during this 20 week time frame the Employer will demand/sue for repayment of the Severance pay. Can the Employer do this? Is there a time frame that the employee needs to apply for unemployment, ie. right away after being terminated, within the moth or within 6 months etc.

  10. My job is being moved from Oregon to our Michigan facility. I will be receiving some amount of severance pay. How does severance affect my applying for and receiving unemployment benefits while I am findingg another full time job?

    Thank you!

  11. If I feel I was unjustly fired from my job can I still qualify for unemployment benefits ? I may be fired from my job for smoking a cigarette ….I work outdoors on a golf course and the ” no smoking ” rule has been a relaxed rule in the past. Also, there are 4 other employees that my supervisor knows have smoked…..I feel I have been singled out. can anyone answer this question…?

  12. I work for a private employer who pays into SS and is totally abobe board and legal and I pay taxes on my income. She now is expanding and needs high-tech skills immediately that I do not possess. Obviously this is not my fault. If we agree to part, am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

  13. Your site states that you could be denied unemployment benefits if you quit or are fired from a job. Does this mean that you need to be “laid off” to collect? What is you are working in a no win work environment and need to quit your job prior to securing alternate employment. Are you not qualified to receive assistance while job hunting?

    What if you are fired for not fulfilling the requirements of the job, despite your best efforts, you just aren’t a right fit for that job for which you were initially hired. . . are you not eligible for unemployment benefits then?

    I guess I am confused as I thought if you had been employed in Oregon and had a successful work history that you would be eligible if for what ever reason, you found yourself unemployed.



  14. I was working in New Mexico for half of my eligibility period (Jan-Jun). I am wondering how that figures into my unemployment, or what documents/files I should get in line before filing for unemployment. I am not sure if I have work for next week or if last week was it for the season. I find out Monday, but want to get a head start on keeping income coming in while I wait to be laid off and look for a new job. Thank you.


  15. Sent in appl. On line ,did not receive any paperwork yet or verification.360) 600-4487 or gmail me.please its been about 2 wks.thank you

    1. Please note this is a private forum. We do not have access to your claim.

      Call the claims center for status.

      1. The 16th of January I notified my manager giving him a 9 day notice to minatory jury duty.Then day of jury Duty from not attending work that day my manager threatened me that all my shifts were covered for the rest of the month and I needed to earn my hours back. When the company is already understaffed and there’s no shifts available or to cover. And I am the only for income in my household with no income now.

          1. Greetings, I am collecting unemployment now but in August I will have to travel out of my state to visit my mother due to health issues. I will be away from more than 3 days. If I want to keep receiving benefits when I get back, do I not claim the weeks when I’m gone or do I claim them and just say that I am away from my residence? Thank you for your help!

          2. Alejandro,

            They will be in your kitty. As long you’re making the ‘job search’, there should be no issue making the claim even if you’re away.

        1. Applied for unemployment 6 weeks ago and still not processed. Call the number and it only rings busy. Any advice? Still doing my weekly claims but never processed.

          1. Mekia,

            I hope you were able to receive the payment now. If not, please continue chasing the Claims Center. There will be a delay due to the number of pending applications/queries.

      2. I need help with unemployment everytime I call there hand up on me after wait for 2hrs and 33 min

        1. Leila,

          Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

      3. I lost two jobs at the same time. I filed for unemployment and received approval but I didn’t include the second jobs wages as being lost.
        What do I do?

        1. Hi VG, I did this many years ago in NYC. When severance runs out, you may apply for benefits, if you have not found a job.

        1. Leonard,

          Please login to your online account and check for relevant options. You can also stop claiming and that would send out a message.

          1. Hi Jacob,
            If my husband worked in CA and held an address in CA, but was then laid off and is now living here in Oregon – where should he file for unemployment? With Oregon or with California? Thank you!

          2. Jessica,

            Your husband should be ideally applying from the state where the employment was based – CA.

    2. I’am not able to work in my field anymore due to a disability. My last day is September 23. I will have surgery the 26th to replace my knee. I will and am actively seeking work in a sedentary position. I will be sending my resumes as of tomorrow, am listed with Job Connections through Goodwill, Worksource online and will meet with Voc Rehab tomorrow and fill out paperwork for any training updates I may be eligible for. CAN I file for unemployment due to the fact that I can no long have a standing job?

      1. Unfortunately, you will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

        1. That is not true at all. As long as you are able to work full time, you can still qualify for unemployment benefits. Mary, please file your claim and have an adjudicator make that decision, not an online forum.

          1. I have the same problem that Mary, I fill my weekly report, sending my resume and they still not pay me anything u star working 2 days ago and they denied all my benefits and I found this
            Were you both physically and mentally able to perform the work you sought last week?

            You must be able to do the kind of work you seek.

            If you cannot work full time due to a permanent or long-term disability, you may still get benefits as long as you are able to do some work.

            Many health problems will not affect your claim if you look for and accept all the work you can do.

          2. Were you both physically and mentally able to perform the work you sought last week?

            You must be able to do the kind of work you seek.

            If you cannot work full time due to a permanent or long-term disability, you may still get benefits as long as you are able to do some work.

            Many health problems will not affect your claim if you look for and accept all the work you can do.

      2. Hi Mary,

        I am wondering if you could update this with information. Did you end up filing a claim? Was it approved? Did you have to appeal?

    3. If you were fired by your manager, not your boss (who hired me),
      does that make me not qualify? I know in the state of Oregon you can be fired for any reason. So you can be fired for any reason, and also not receive unemployment?

      If I read correctly, the list of reasons for not qualifying was extensive. “fired” was on that list, which I thought was strange. Please clarify. Do people who collect unemployment primarily rely on the fact that they were “laid off.”

      In a state, where it is so easy to be fired, I’m surprised we only pay for unemployment of those who are not. I could be reading it wrong, please do clarify. Thank you!

      1. Well, voluntary reasons such as performance issues and other disqualify you from claiming UI benefits. If the reason for being “Fired” is voluntary, you will be not be eligible.

        Further information can be obtained by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

        1. I was fired due to not being able to get to work due to weather conditions. If the roads are closed and the schools and government offices are closed how is that my fault? Just want to know.

          1. It is definitely not your fault.

            Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm eligibility and apply accordingly.

    4. Due to a hostile work place and harassment I am forced to quit my job,can I collect unemployment while seeking other employment?

    5. I have exausted my benefits . The unemployment department hasn’t sent me any letters of extension . I emailed them they said eventually they would catch up and my extension would come threw. How come the people allready recieved the ex 600 recieved 2 other 600 on top that .but they still havent gotten any exstention in place? And is there a time period where u cant have an extension anymore .

      1. Jessica,

        Please visit the Unemployment Office’s website and claim if you’re eligible for EB.

    6. Hi everyone
      I am being relocated to North Dakota for my job if my husband puts in a 2 week notice and leaves his job on good terms would he qualify his company is not in that location and we have a daughter that will be moving with me we can not afford 2 houses can anyone please advise me?

  16. It’s been 4 weeks since I filed. It was a ‘reopen’ claim filing. I’ve called numerous times and told I just have to wait. They haven’t been particularly polite. It feels that a month is an excessive time to wait. I need funds for groceries, etc. What is the law / rule regarding time deadlines for a response and payments?

  17. If I have voluntarily quit my job after working there for almost 10 years because I cannot physically do it any longer but have another job that does not start for 2 months and I must relocate for it am I eligible for unemployment until I start my new job ?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  18. I’m seeking advice on my job relationship in relation to receiving very clear, harsh statements,due to spending last Friday night and Monday with my dad in intensive care in critical condition, where he died and was revive. I was given an excellent performance review a week ago, now I believe that my employer is setting up a jobs with tasks that are impossible to complete in a day. I am at the mercy of inexperienced managers, that being said,I have no authority to seek proper forms, and requirements to achieve my responsibilities. This company fired my direct supervisor, and now an interim executive, has called me an idiot and told my that his parents were dying too and I should be at work even if I have a critical emergency with my dad. Mind you, this is an adult, luxury assisted and Memory care unit who supposedly, in the business took care for our elders/parents.

    1. I think this is key “I was given an excellent performance review a week ago.”

      I was under a similar situation where an inexperienced manager was trying to fire me, a week after receiving an excellent performance review.

      We are living in interesting times… I hope you get the help you need.

      So sorry you have to deal with all that :/ Sounds very stressful. Much more than my situation. Hope your dad is ok.

  19. If I am working part time at a temporary position do I still qualify to receive my unemployment amount weekly?

    1. In some states, one can claim UI benefits for the min. hours not worked in a week(full time).

      Please inquire with the labor dept in your state before applying.

    2. If your part-time wages are LESS than your weekly unemployment benefit, then yes, you will be able to collect unemployment, but it will be reduced by the amount of your wages. If you do work and collect unemployment, don’t be surprised if they do a ‘wage audit’ and ask your employer for your wage records.

      I am currently in this situation, and my combined unemployment and wages is MORE than what I would take home on unemployment. Good luck.

  20. My mom is 67 years old and works two part time jobs. She was just laid off from one of the jobs. She currently received social security. Is she eligible for unemployment?



    1. Please inquire with the labor dept in your state.

      Some states do not provide unemployment if the applicant is receiving social security.

      1. Oregon unemployment is the worst, people out there i seen fam after family kick to the streets then the unemployment office excepted wait a week then two checks later after waiting cut off thanks unemployment they told them to quit a job that they have had for ten years because they whould be tree weeks longer till back too work

  21. my son has been unemployed for the last two years. Can he still apply for benefits.His name is Jeremy Michael Tanner.D.O.B. 7.22.1989.I think he applied once before around 2011. But I am not sure what happened after that.Or if was denied.

    1. To qualify for unemployment benefits, an applicant needs to have earned income in the last 5 calender quarters.

      Jeremy will not be eligible.

    2. Good luck,
      the unemployment is more like take our money from us and make so difficult too get back they make money too give other people not the people that need it or put in to the fund sad

    1. Katherine,

      We can understand the ordeal. Unfortunately, there is no additional benefits available at this time.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

        1. What happens after I receive my wage and potential benifit report? It’s been 12 days since I received it ?

  22. I was fired due to not being able to go to work and have a doctors not that put me on a two week bed rest how can I get unemployeement or disability ?

    1. If you were fired indiscriminately without notice, please file for unemployment until the time you find a job.

      You can only qualify if you are able and fit to work.

      1. If I put two week notice in because of working conditions and was let
        go the same day can I collect unemployment?

        1. You should be able to, as long as you’re able to provide supporting documents in case of a dispute.

      1. There is a phone hearing. All the employer has to do is state to the judge during the hearing that they had a reason, and the judge takes their word over that of the employee. It is not an unbiased process.

        1. That is not true Joy! The claimant has a chance to defend themselves and it is their duty to respond. I have won two appeals in front of an adjudicator.

  23. I currently work as a hypnotist and my employer recently hired two new hypnotists and began a system of changing our (hypnotists) schedule without notice – this means, that we are sent home or actually, told not to come in until later in the day. Sometimes, without notice, thereby finding out when we arrive. This is causing a great deal of stress – since we all have non-compete clauses we cannot find other work or work during the hours we are sent home. Management has been pulling clients off of one hypnotists schedule and putting it on the new hypnotists schedule?? I am finding that the duress is too much and I feel sick going in to work each day. I am the longest employed hypnotist at this location and feel undermined, marginal and confused. Please advise. Thank you very much.

    1. Please research further on labor laws in your state on workplace harassment and seek remedy.

      IF there is reduction in the numbers of hours worked, you can claim UI benefits. If you quit the job, it will be considered as voluntary resignation.

  24. Hello,

    I am currently receiving UI. My last UI benefits payment is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2015 which will conclude 6-months of receiving weekly checks. I have been unsuccessful in finding work since 7/29/14.

    Have Oregon UI extensions yet been approved? Please advise, my time is running out very quickly.

    Thank you,

    Lewis E. Lenheim

    1. Hello Lewis,

      Unfortunately, there is no extension available in any state. The Extended unemployment benefits(E.U.C) remains expired with no signs of revival.

      Please check further with the labor dept in your state.

  25. I am the defendant of an active duty military personnel. We will be PCSing this summer. Transferring from Oregon to Alaska. Will I be eligible for unemployment? I’ll be working up until the day before we leave. What documentation do I need to file when the time comes?

    1. Each state treats movement of military personnel in a different manner. Generally, unemployment insurance is only extended to those who loose their job involuntarily.

      Having said this, there can be special provisions for military personnel on PCS and their family members. Please check on the paperwork and provisions with the labor dept in your state.

  26. If I quite my job, due to stressful work environment and I have a potential job lined up am I able to collect unemployment

    1. If you have a job lined up, not sure why you would like to collect.

      Unemployment compensation is only extended to jobless people.

  27. I am being asked to relocate to New York by my current employer. My job in Oregon is being eliminated. If I refuse the move can I collect unemployment ins?

    1. If you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible. You could have actually claimed unemployment for the hours cut.

      Please check further with the labor dept in your state.

  28. Today, my husbands boss threatened him, telling him if he doesn’t start selling furnaces, he was going to get fired. he is a heating and air conditioning technician and he fixes A/C and heating units. There are sometimes instances where a new furnace is appropriate, but he isn’t going to a) try to sell a new furnace if they don’t need one or b) force a sale to someone who doesn’t want one. is being fired for “not selling” an at fault reason that makes him ineligible for benefits?

    1. Generally, being fired for under performance does not qualify. However, this looks like a demand that is out of his profile.

      If there is a dispute, keep supporting proof ready. A claimant can contest in case unemployment is denied.

  29. My job is being eliminated, and my employer is based on the East Coast. Do i file with Oregon unemployment, or in the state of my employer? Most of working years were in the East Coast state, and i’ve only lived in Oregon for a few months.

    thank you

    1. You still file in oregon there’s just another process if part of your work was in another state. Call the unemployment office and they will tell you how to file if you get confused.

      1. I have an underlying condition that makes me a high risk candidate pertaining to the covid19 virus. The CDC stipulates my condition as high risk and I have documentation from my doctor also. If my employer terminates me because I can’t be at the place of employment, will I qualify for UI benefits.?

      2. I filed for PUA and received my first payment. The approval letter said a relia card would be sent in the mail to me, and I have never received one! My first payment was 05/26/2020 and I have done the weekly cert every Sunday since, and have not gotten any $ or a letter of explanation why…
        Should I call reliacard and initiate a card request, or request thru PUA, who I can’t get thru to???? Please help, I’m not sure how to proceed.

        1. Melissa,

          There will be a delay considering the pandemic. Please make sure to make weekly claims and also try calling the Unemployment Office for an update on the card.

  30. i left my job because of hostile working conditions. can i file a claim? there were alcohol and verbal abuse situtations , not on my part.

    1. Yes you can. If it was genuinely hostile.

      If there is a dispute at the time of claims processing, you can contest.

  31. So my husband went to claim his wk and when he puts his SSN in it says the pin number for his SSN has been deleted. How can that happen? I’m thinking someone hacked it.

    1. Please call the claims center immediately for assistance.

      It may be a technical glitch and not really hacking.

    2. Did you get more information on this? I’m experiencing same issue. Please do share if you don’t mind. Thank you

  32. I was recently fired from my by boss due to a coworker not getting back to me about working for her.

    no one called me or anything so it went down as a no show. my boss did not say a word till i called to talk about the same person yelling and screaming at me at work.

    he then told me to come pick up my last paycheck. Do I qualify for unemployment?

    1. Please consider applying for unemployment as long as it was not your fault.

      If there is a dispute at the time of claims processing, you can contest.

  33. I have been terminated from my Sales position with a large national company that requires all of its employees to sign an employment EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT, in side of this agreement there is also NON-COMPETE provision . That states the employee is restricted for a period of 12 months following termination for any reason whatsoever. May not provide any consulting, brokerage, contracting, sales,within a 50mi radius of any and all company location. Solicit the business of or call any customer whom the employee had dealt with, also including any person the employee had any type of business relationship with.

    Before taking any position with any persons or entity during the 12 month period, employee must get written permission from prior employer.

    So my question- What is Oregon’s stance on Non-compete agreements? the way it is written, i am left with very little option of returning to the field in which I have been in for 20+ years.

    1. Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

      We do not have any further information in this regard.

  34. I am currently receiving unemployment, and I am going to travel to Europe for two weeks. Can I simply not file for the two weeks that I am gone, and restart my claim when I return, or will being unable to work for those two weeks effect my ability to continue to receive benefits? How long does it take to restart a claim? Thank you for your help.

    1. Lucy,

      Not filing for the two weeks is the right choice. You can come back and start claiming. It should not be an issue.

  35. I have recently been told that I will never be promoted within my company, and have been told by the plant manager that I was the company whipping boy. If I quit can I get benefits.

  36. I am having trouble finding much information and a lot is conflicting. My claim expires in September 2015, however I have 2 payments left at this moment. what do I need to do as I am having lousy luck finding work at the moment. Do have some leads, but I will not know for sure until May.

  37. I have been a nanny for the past 4 years for room and board, no money. Now the father is staying home with the kids and I will be leaving. Am I qualified for Unemployment benefits?

    1. Unfortunately, your case may not be considered as there were no earnings in the base period.

      Please inquire further with the labor dept in your state.

  38. Hi,
    I was asked by a specialization department at my employ if I would be interested in moving to their department March 2014. I accepted the position and advised I needed an early shift per doctor’s orders to be home by late afternoon to care for my elderly diabetic mother who has dementia and has multiple strokes. I have FMLA in place to care for her. They agreed and gave me a 730a-4p shift. They advised there were only TWO persons working in that department at that point and I should not worry about losing my shift. Soon after they RE-hired a person who worked in that EXACT department a few years prior and who KNEW the job inside and out. Recently our shifts came up for bid and this re-hire out performed me and took my shift. My HR advised I could add 1-2 hours off DAILY for FMLA, but that changes me to a part-time employee and I lose money and any available overtime of which I generally work in the early hours of the day. This week I had to use the FMLA for pre-arranged medical appointments and was given points that will now go against me in the next shift bid. In addition, my supervisor has refused to respond to any of my emails or texts for the past 3.5 days. I feel this is retaliation for using the FMLA and now they are silent with hopes they can get me to make a move regarding resigning or returning to work under uncomfortable situations. I have already begun to look for and applied for jobs that are nearer to my home. The commute is going to go from one hour each direction per day to 1.5-2.00 hours each direction per day when I have to move to the late shift on April 4th. Do I have a leg to stand on if I need to file unemployment? I have the emails advising I would help them with OT and would try to make arrangements to help them as I had the previous Friday whereupon I worked a 14 hour shift. The woman who took my shift worships satan and I have asked to be moved, but denied. She has also screamed at me in front of the entire department and nothing was said to her about her unacceptable behavior. HELP!

    1. Please tread carefully.

      If you quit voluntarily, you will not qualify for UI benefits. If you see harassment at workplace, please explore the labor laws in your state for relief.

  39. I am a extremely hard worker. I take pride in a job well done and if I see something that needs to be done, I just do it. I work in a small store. I tend to get very frustrated sometimes for example. If our clerk is with a customer she will call if someone walks up. No matter if I’m in the back or carrying boxes I have to stop and go help the customer. By the time I get up there the clerk is almost done with the transaction. I will be sweating from busting my butt getting things done while co-workers are standing around, talking, and taking phone calls on their cell. If we have a lot of one product or products that are not moving fast enough, I will tell the other girls we really need to do something about it and ask if we should put it on sale. I was reprimanded today for being too emotional and apparently everyone thinks that I am stepping all over my manager. I was told I need to quit being so emotional and if I don’t think I can deal with it that they would understand if I left. I was blown away to say the least. I think that they want me to quit so they don’t have to fire me. If I waited and get fired for being too emotional and on the ball. Would I qualify for unemployment in the state of Oregon? Thank you very much for your time and have a nice day. 🙂

    1. Juanita,

      First of all, stop worrying about emotional aspects at work. Do understand that not all of your colleagues will have the same understanding as you. Speak to your supervisor and express your intention to be less interfering if you wish to be with an intention to save the job. If you quit voluntarily, you will not qualify for unemployment.

  40. If I quit my job & take my supervisor a Doctors note that states that I am having physical pain & it would be best for my health if I quit. Can I collect unemployment this way?

    1. Personal reasons such as health is not considered when you file for unemployment benefits.You will not qualify.

  41. I have now been waiting 7 weeks for my claim to be approved or denied. I call and they say first come first serve. I asked if there is a time limit for verifying information and they say no. As I stated 7 weeks is a long time and I have not had any income. I need to pay bills and rent. What can I do to speed things up?

    1. Follow up is the only thing you can do. Please follow up regularly and insist on speaking to a supervisor.

      If need be, visit the nearest unemployment office.

  42. Have been unemployed 5 months. Somebody from church offered me some part time pickup work doing some yard work (His residence).
    This out side of the type of work I normally do, which is tractor/equipment operator and Nurseryman/Plant Grower. I only worked 14 hours over the course of 4 days and now he tells me that he is going to 1099 me. From what I understand about ORS regulations it’s a bogus attempt to get around employment law.
    (ORS 670.600 Bad situation, what happens if don’t go back.

    1. Please inquire further with the labor dept in your state.

      We do not have specific information regarding this.

  43. I am being harassed by my supervisor I really wanna quit can I claim if I quit because I feel harassed?

    1. Please raise this up with a higher authority or find relief in the relevant labor laws before deciding to move out.

      If you quit and are able to prove the harassment, you can receive unemployment compensation.

  44. My 26 week unemployment just ran out and there are no extensions. I was able to work parttime on call while collecting unemployment. Can I refile a new claim

  45. I was on the 17th week of UI benefits when I landed what seemed like a very good position. After a few weeks, it appears I am out of my depth and told this “might not be a good fit” for me. I know I can’t quit, but if terminated can I still qualify for a claim?

    1. If its a lay off that does not involve a fault at your end, you can be eligible for the remaining weeks in your account.

  46. Nick, I was just wandering if people on unemployment were still allowed to get one extension once their origanal 6 months is up. I was told you can’t but I thought anyone could get at least one 6 month extension.

    1. I am afraid there are no extensions available.You can inquire for other forms of benefits(if any).

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept.in your state for further information.

  47. If I moved to OR a month ago from California and am actively job searching but currently unemployed, am I eligible to apply for unemployment benefits here in Oregon?

  48. My domestic partner got laid off in our home town, he found another job an hour and a half away. He wants to move to where he is working,since it will be to far to commute. Unfortunately I have a full time job that I will have to leave since I am unable to commute back and forth myself. Well I qualify to unemployment benefits??

      1. Caveat * If your spouse/domestic partner is transferred from current position within a company to a position that would be considered to far a reasonable commute for you to maintain your position you may qualify for benefits. I was transferred from Oregon to Texas and my husband qualified.

  49. I’m currently receiving ui benefits, what happens if I decide to go back to school full time? Will my benefits stop?

    1. Since schooling full time will put you off work, you may be deemed ineligible. UI is only provided to those who are able and available to work.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  50. My husband has been with his company for almost 2 years now and has had a very set schedule. They are now telling him that they want him to work other shifts that are outside of his normal work schedule that he cannot work due to my work schedule. They are now threatening to “replace” him if he cannot change his schedule and be available for anything they want him to work. If he is “replaced” because of this will he qualify for unemployment? Also – he works security at a site in Oregon but the company’s office and everything is in Washington – should he being going through Oregon or Washington’s Unemployment?

    1. If there is a denial of unemployment insurance on unfair grounds, you can always appeal by means of the adjudication process.

      Ideally, he should be filing from the state of employment. If the employer is remitting the relevant taxes into Washington, he must apply from there.

  51. I am working in a satellite office of a Bellevue WA based company. There are 5 people in the office. 2 of the 5 are a married couple. Since August of 2014, the supervisor has shown favoritism to the married couple, making an already stressful job more stressful. I’ve repeatedly asked higher ups in the main office for help, but they interpret my requests as complains and in March, the owner told me to “start planning [my] exit.” I told him I was not going to quit. Things have gotten progressively worse since then, including malicious tampering with documents I need to service our clients (making me look bad) and nobody will help me. I want to resign, because the stress is making my health deteriorate, but I can’t afford to. A temporary worker who was there for just a few months recently says she will vouch for me. She quit already. Can I resign and claim unemployment until I find something else? Please help!

    1. If you quit voluntarily, you may not qualify.

      If you’re able to justify and provide proof relating to the mistreatment, you can be considered for unemployment compensation.

  52. My husband got fired today because the boss told him “we are never going to meet eye to eye”. He was always on time, did and excellent job, got great reviews from his clients, and was appreciated by other co-workers. But every time he made a suggestion to make things run smoother, or called to let them know that the wrong information was given to him regarding a job site, they would just yell at him and tell him that he was being insubordinate.

    Does this make him ineligible for unemployement?

    1. Depends on the type of job termination. If he was laid off due to lack of work, he can qualify.

      Either ways, please consider applying for unemployment insurance in your state.

  53. how do I get a benefit and wage report for someone who has not worked in the last 20+ tears?

    1. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in the state. We do not have any further information regarding this.

  54. I’m inquiring on behalf of my sister. She is a substitute teacher, with varying hours, i.e. temporary. With the school year coming to an end, we are curious if she will qualify for UI benefits. I’ve read through this website in hopes of determining. From what I’m gathering, she will qualify for some kind of benefits as she will still continue to look for work, she has not quit or has been fired from her employer and she has worked consecutive months since the beginning of this school year (2014-2015). I have suggested she apply. Please confirm. Thank you.

    1. I am not sure if she would qualify simply because her job is deemed seasonal. This kind of employment does not generally qualify for UI benefits.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  55. I currently work as a clown in the local circus. It was all fun and games until the elephant stepped on my big toe (emphasis on big toe) and I couldn’t clown around anymore. Since I couldn’t work I was let go. Can I get benefits for me and my posse? We’re a motley bunch, around 7. Need snacks elpronto and got no denerio.

    1. If your employer paid UI taxes, you should be eligible. There are multiple eligibility criteria you need to meet.

      If you’re now fit and available to work, please consider applying.

  56. I have a family member working for his family corporation, and he is currently exempt from UI tax so the corporation does not pay it on behalf of him.
    If he were to work for a few years, and the corporation goes out of business, thus him being laid off.. Would he be eligible to receive unemployment benefits, assuming that he meets all other requirements? The only thing I question is that the employer wouldn’t have paid tax on his behalf.
    If he would still be eligible, can you send me a link to confirm that with the state of OR? Thank you.

    1. Each state has its own rules regarding disbursal of unemployment insurance. Generally, it is only extended to the ones whose employer pays UI taxes.

      We do not have specific information in this regard. Please inquire further with the labor dept in your state.

  57. Hello,

    I have worked for the same company for 5 years and now (in Oregon) have to move out of state to take care of my elderly parents. Will I qualify for unemployment during my transition to the new state? What will I be required to show? I am the only sibling who is able to make this move and assist my parents.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      1. Hi Nike,

        Even if there is no one else to take care of my parents? It is not voluntary… I have to move….

        Thank you for the quick response.

        1. I realize this was posted last year, but just in case you still havent gotten an answer… My husbands father fell ill and needed a caregiver and was able to be his fathers caregiver. Try seeing if you may be eligible for that, it would provide a decent pay with benefits. 🙂

  58. My husband and I live in OR where he has worked the better part of the past three years. He was laid off last fall and was down to three remaining weeks of benefits when he got a job call to work in Washington State. Three checks later they laid him off. My question: should he reopen his claim in Oregon or open a claim in Washington?

  59. Hi Nick,
    I have been employed for 4.5 years with a local company part time working about 32-45 hours every pay period (2 weeks). They are considering doing away with the department I work in, if another position is not offered to me and I am let go am I able to qualify for unemployment given that I only worked part time.

    Thanks for your time,


    1. Depends on the type of employment contract you’ve had with your employer.

      I am assuming you should be eligible.

  60. I am about to be cut back at my job from full time to half time hours. The half time position will end after three months. I am wondering whether it’s more beneficial to try to survive on that low income and apply for benefits when the part-time job ends or to apply for partial benefits as soon as I drop down to .5 FTE. I know it will affect my benefit amount if I’m working and it will also affect it if my income drops for that one quarter. Thanks for any advice!

  61. I was laid off from a full-time position I had been at for 3 years. It says that a UI claim lasts for 12 months, but according to my total benefit award, I’ve calculated that it will run out in about 6 months. What happens if I haven’t found new employment by then? Do I apply for an extension? Do I open a new claim? Will I have to contact them to initiate the process or will they send a letter letting me know what my options are? Or is 6 months the extent of my benefits? Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.

    1. There is no extension of benefits available. What you’ve been approved for is all you will receive and the benefits are not revolving in nature.

      It is only extended for one cycle.

  62. Can you recieve UI if you were employed by a seasonal employer such as a ski lodge or fishing guide company once the season ends?

    1. Seasonal employment generally does not qualify due to the obvious nature and break in work during off season.

      Please inquire further with the customer service of the labor dept in your state.

  63. Is there a certain period of worked time (3 months, 6 months, etc.) that a person is eligible for unemployment benefits, or is it based on # of hours or worked in quarter? A friend of mine has been self employed for several years (8, I think), and then recently worked for 4 months and then was laid off. Should she just apply? Thanks for your help!

    1. One would need at least an year of continuous employment to qualify.

      They generally consider 4 of the last 5 calendar quarters to ascertain eligibility.

  64. I currently work for the Oregon State Hospital. Back in August I had an ojb injury, a meniscus tear. My claim was denied due to a previous acl injury. I had surgery to repair the meniscus in November and then had another injury involving a patient in march. I have been on fmla since April, my health insurance has now run out,I am unable to work physically nor psychologically, due to my fear of the nature of the work. I don’t want to quit but I know I am unable to be there. Would I be eligible for unemployment if I quit or was discharged?

    1. If you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible and same reason holds good if laid off due to performance issues.

  65. I have worked at my job for less than 60 calendar days. Before that, I have not worked in over three years. I’m am at grave risk of being fired for poor performance due to not meeting productivity standards. I am also facing being fired due to not performing company mandated medical procedures (i.e. electrical stimulation) for all of my patients regardless of their need, wishes or medical diagnosis, which is unethical, if not illegal.

    I am trying to plan the most advantageous exit strategy to both maximize my benefits and reduce my risk of tarnishing my employment history.

    If I work up until I am fired, would I be eligible to collect unemployment benefits? If there is no chance of receiving unemployment benefits, I’m thinking it would be better to quit before they fire me in order to preserve my untarnished employment record for future employment opportunities.

    I’m in a very difficult situation. Could you please advise me?

    Thank you!

    1. You will not qualify for UI benefits since you need to have continuous employment for the last 4 calendar quarters at least.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  66. I am under contract work which will terminate at the end of June and have been working under similar contracts renewed annually for the past several years. I am currently negotiating a contract which will start in September. Can I claim benefits for July and August?

    1. Some forms of contract employment does not qualify. Please check with the labor authorities in your state.

  67. I live in Oregon, but have worked the past few years in the Carolina’s in the Nuclear industry. Can I draw from my home state, or will I have to draw from one of the states I worked in?

    1. Please file from the state where you employer remitted relevant taxes.

      I guess it should be from the state where your work was based.

  68. If I worked for my employer for seven weeks instead and then they fired me because they said I couldn’t perform the functions of the job, can I still get unemployment benefits? Would I qualify if I had just left another job that I had been at for two years in Oregon? Is that prior job counted toward the base period?

  69. I moved here from another state in march and transferred stores to one in Oregon. I was recently fired from the company but only worked in this state for about three months but was with the company for several years. Is there any way to file for unemployment or do I fall through the cracks because I moved states?

    1. No you don’t. If you became unemployed due to no fault of your own, you can claim unemployment benefits.

      I guess you should be able to apply from OR.

  70. I recently became unemployed when an organic herb company I worked for moved their business out of the area. I worked for them seven months. I was originally granted unemployment but recently received a denial because of(OR657.030(2). Apparently,the herb business did not pay into unemployment because they considered themselves an agricultural/farm business. I was not aware of this fact or was ever told by the employer. Prior to being employed by them I worked for an employer 10 years but left this job voluntarily. My question is: Is there really any basis for appealing their decision because of the nonpayment of unemployment insurance by the previous employer. I will have to pay back three weeks of benefits now and still do not have a job. Feeling defeated.

    1. You may actually stand no ground since your current employer did not pay taxes into the system. Even if you appeal based on the previous job, it may not hold weight age as you quit voluntarily.

      Please look out for other form of benefits in your state.

      1. That is what I thought but since I am by no means an expert I thought I would check. Note to self…never work for a company that does not pay into an unemployment fund. Thank You.

  71. I am not sure if I qualify for unemployment. I received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowship for research for one year (Feb. 2014 to Feb. 2015) as a postdoctoral fellow at a university. I’ve been working since then, being paid by the university, but my contract will expire July and I still haven’t found a job. I am afraid the fellowship may be considered self-employment or something that may prevent me from receiving benefits. Often, these fellowships are considered special cases, but I need confirmation one way or the other if possible. Thanks.

    1. I don’t think you will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits for contractual positions.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  72. In a sales position where I’ve gotten a written warning due to not meeting quotas. Don’t miss work and try my best to meet expectations but have failed. Wondering if I’m eligible for Unemployment Insurance if I’m just not a good fit for my current position? Worked at this company before and was successful but now I’m not meeting quotas. My manager informed me that the next step is a “final warning,” then termination. Never received UI before and in my mid-fifties.

    1. You may not be eligible since unemployment is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please check with your employer if you can leave on mutually agreed terms so that it will not be a remark when your apply for UI.

  73. If someone has to move across the state and quit there job after 29 years due to an abusive relationship, would they be able to collect unemployment?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Personal issues are not considered. Please inquire further with the labor dept in your state.

  74. I can’t believe I am even asking this but I have been a seafood department manager at safeway for 5 years. well this year Albertsons is taking over and Albertsons don’t have a seafood manager position and my position is going away and being replaced as a supervisor with our Meat department Manager in charge of everything including my Department, do I have to take the new position even though I will not be in charge of my department anymore or can I legally quit and if need be collect unemployment seeing they are doing away with my position and making it a lower position in the store. I feel like its a slap in the face to go from being in charge to losing my department, and having to respond to someone else besides my store manager. I very attached to my department but I’m very upset they are doing this and would hate to quit! but again its messed up they can come in and take away my department from me and they are doing this in every store not just mine seeing Albertsons do not have seafood department managers!

    1. I can understand your plight. However,if you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible to claim UI. Before you make a decision, please call the labor authorities in your state and confirm their position on your state.

  75. If you get a job offer for a permanent position (full time time/non contracted) and the job starts in 2 weeks, do you qualify for weekly benefits while you wait for that job to start? Can you just list items that you are doing that week for that future job such as taking a drug test, filling out paperwork, etc . . .

    1. You should be able to apply until the time, job starts. Please call the claims center to confirm this and proceed accordingly.

  76. My husband is being relocated to the Midwest for work. I have to quit my job to move with him. Am I eligible for unemployment? What documents will I need to file a claim?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Personal reasons like your are unfortunately, not considered.

      1. It is involuntary though. I can’t stay in Oregon if my husband has to move to the Midwest for work. I have to lose my job because of his job.

        1. Sarah, check with your state employment agency. Following your spouse who has to move for his work is often, if not usually, an exception that will allow you to collect benefits while you look for a new job near your new home.

  77. I was working two jobs and lost both within a few weeks of eachother. I had a part time job (roughly 4 to 8 hours/week) collecting data on a handheld device. I was discharged after a weeks worth of data did not get recieved by corporare even though I had collected it and sent it off like I normally did. I was then laid off due to lack of work at my full time job of over 5 years. I filed for unemployment the same day I was laid off, after 4 weeks of waiting I found out this morning my claim is denied and I get 0 benefits from either job. I will be appealing the devision, but since I was laid off from my full time job should I not get unemployment regardless?

    1. You must. Looks like there was something that went incorrect during processing.

      Please do consider appealing based on merits.

  78. I quit a job that I held for 10 years to take a different job. I was at that job for 5 weeks and was fired. I was told “it was not a good fit”. My previous job has let me pick up a few relief shifts. Not full time work. Do I qualify for Unemployment?

    1. Reasons such as “Being Fired” does not qualify.

      Unemployment insurance is generally provided to those who are unemployed due to no fault of their own. You may not be eligible.

  79. My son-in-law lived and was working part-time when he began collecting unemployment. He then moved to Arizona, found a job and was working 30 hours per week, but was still collecting unemployment in Oregon. He worked there for six months, but was just let go (fired), but is still collecting unemployment in Oregon. I just learned about this, but when I questioned him, he said that he still has an “open case, and is able to collect even though he is out of state.” This did not sound correct to me, so do you know the answer to that? I thought that as soon as he was working the 30 hours per week at the job in Arizona, he should have called or filed to end the benefits in Oregon. Please advise. Thank you.

    1. That is correct. If the claimant starts a job, they must stop claiming.

      It can be tagged fraud and penalty applies.

  80. Hi Nick,

    Are college adjunct instructors in Oregon eligible for unemployment insurance over the summer term if their summer term classes are cancelled and a new notice of assignment for fall classes has not been issued yet?

    Thank you!

    1. If the job is seasonal, it does not qualify. Either way, please check with the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  81. My wife has lost her part time job, and now I am not able to pay for the household bills on my own, My wife is unable to find another one, and because she isn’t approved for Unemployment insurance we are going to have to move in with our child who lives over 150 miles away from our home. Would I be approved for unemployment benefits if I had to quit my job due to not being able to afford housing / having to move so far away that I couldn’t drive back and forth?

    1. Unemployment insurance is only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reason such as layoffs.

      If you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible. Please treat carefully.

  82. I have worked for the local municipality for over 20 years. I recently got married and my husband got a job in CA. I will have to relocate my family to be with him. Since I don’t really want to leave my position, but with my family being in another state,I will have to move. Since this is not really a “by choice” move, is there anyway I could be eligible for unemployment benefits from Oregon?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  83. I have only worked a little over 30 day’s making around 1500. I am being laid off. Before this I have not worked in 18 months. Do I qualify for unemployment?

      1. Yesterday evening, while i was standing at the bedside of my wife in I.C.U at rogue valley medical center. i received a phone call from my supervisor informing me that: she, the district manager, and the owner of gas station,that i have been working graveyard at for the last one year minus 2 weeks. “Talked about it” and made the decision that i quit my job. pretty convenient for them since i was 2 weeks away from a paid vacation and eligibility for family medical leave. well, needless to say I did not quit, in fact i have recently been given a raise. the one year anniversary of my hire date is in two weeks. am i eligible? have i worked enough quarters? are they going to be sodomized by a pack of gorillas?

        1. If you quit due to hostility in work environment, you can be eligible for it, if you’re able to provide evidence for the hostility if there is a dispute.

  84. Dear Nick,
    My question is this; my mother is very sick in another state, I am the only child that can help her and I have to move to that State ASAP to live with her. I guess I have to leave my job to move, can I qualify for OR unemployment benefits? I have worked for this company for over 10yrs and dont want to leave, but I have too. I will look for work when I arrive in the new State. Help what should I do here?

    1. Please work out an arrangement with your employer in way where it does not look like resignation.

      I do understand that it is important to be with your mother. Unfortunately, the system does not recognize this as a valid reason.

  85. My husband and I are moving to Oregon due to my work. He was laid off and has no job right now and has been looking in Oregon for work but is still unemployed. He has not filed for unemployment with our current state and has been employed within the past 5 quarters. Is he eligible to file for unemployment with Oregon? Or is there a minimum residence time in Oregon he must achieve before being eligible?

    1. I don’t think there is a minimum residence clause.

      However, he needs to have at least an year of continuous employment to qualify.

  86. I just put in my two weeks due to my employers becoming very hostile and creating a hostile uncomfortable work enviornment. They have been known to cut employees two week notice short. Can I collect unemployment if they do since I will be let go at that point, even though I had already put in my two weeks?

    1. If you’re let go from the job due to hostile conditions, you can consider applying for Unemployment Insurance.

  87. Hello I got laid off from my job and I filed for unemployment 7 weeks ago and I called the last 2 weeks they tell me I have to wait plus it hasn’t been assigned to anyone I tried to talk to a supervisor and still nothing what should I do.

  88. I spoke to my boss one morning about having trouble with the hours needed (I was on salary) my manager said would see if any options and don’t speak about it with other employees. This was around 9am at 430pm he asked me into his office and terminated my employment. The forms did not have a reason on them.
    I asked if I could quit so not on my record. He said ‘no’
    I filled a month ago and it is still pending due to issues with employer. I’ve tried to call Emp office but phone wait is aprox 40 minutes. How should I proceed?

    1. It should not take so much time. Please try different phone numbers. Details are available on the website of the labor dept in your state.

  89. Nick! Thanks so much for everything, i see that you are constantly replying to people on here and really helping to lift spirits while spelling it out brass tax. Whoever you are your awesome. So thanks.
    since i’m sure you read all too much i’ll lay it out super flat

    I’m wondering if i am eligible.
    I have Panic disorder which normally isn’t a problem, however for some reason a trigger is phone support (sales, tech support, etc.) It got to the point where they sent me home. I was asked to go to the doctor for it so i did. The doctors note reads as follows:

    To whom it may concern, the patient ********** is under my treatment. It has come to attention that his position on the phones is causing aggravated effects with his disorder. At this time it is not recommended that he continues in that position. ******** is in good condition to work other jobs.

    I am worried that there may not be work for me, or that they will not want to help me seek other work within the company. If my employment ends with them specifically regarding to this, would i be eligible? I’m already seeking other work in an attempt to keep myself afloat just in case. Thanks alot Nick! I hope others here thank you too.

    1. Lucky,

      Thank you for feedback. It only motivates us to do more.

      If they lay you off on inappropriate grounds, you can always apply for unemployment insurance a and provide supporting documents in case of a dispute. Please come back to us if you have any further questions.

  90. I was fired with “no reason given” at the time. I filed for unemployment insurance. They are contesting it. I still don’t know what they are saying. Can they fire me, and then come up with a disqualifying reason later, after never informing why?

    1. If they deny on the basis of your employer contesting, you can ask for an adjudicator for through investigation.

      You can find further details on the website of the labor dept in your state.

  91. My wife recently quit a full time job (18 years) for an on call position with kaiser. Thought she would get more hours than what she’s getting. Can she get any unemployment ins to compensate? Thank you Nick!

    1. If she was designated to work full time and there is a reduction in the number of hours worked, she can claim for the lost hours.

      Contact the employer once to check if they pay the relevant taxes in the state.

  92. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for your work replying to all of these questions, you have tremendous patience! I have a question regarding UI eligibility.

    I have worked full-time without a blemish for the last 8 years and I was with my most recent employer for 7 months. My boss fired me last week with no warning or reason given (I had been hitting quota and doing very well overall). He actually stated, “With all the people I’ve fired in the past, there was a very clear reason to dismiss them. With you, there’s no clear reason, but another employer told me that you applied for a job with them. ”

    He did not give me any papers, just a final check. Essentially, he fired me because he thought I was applying to other jobs but I know he would never admit that.

    I’m very confused by this because I’ve never been terminated. I’m confident that I’ll obtain a new position within a few weeks, but do I qualify for UI in the meantime?


    1. Yes Amanda. If you have been terminated wrongfully, you can claim unemployment insurance until the time you find a job.

      Ensure that you have all the supporting docs handy if there is a dispute.

  93. I moved from California to Oregon about 4 months ago, I quit my job in California before I left which I was at for over a year. I was working at a company in Oregon for about 2 months before I was laid off through no fault of my own. I don’t know what I can do, I was told I would be eligible for benefits from a non-official source, but I’m wondering who I would be claiming them through? California or Oregon? I seem to be in a pickle.

  94. I am wondering if I am eligible for benefits if i decide to quit my job because of stress and anxiety.. I am not comfortable working in the environment that I am in anymore and need to know if I should stick it out or possibly quit and find something better.

    1. Generally, quitting voluntarily is not considered as a valid reason when you apply. However, if the working conditions are hostile, you can receive.

      Please consider applying and be ready to prove if there is a dispute.

  95. We are having to move due to my husband job. It is two hours away from my job now so i am having to leave. My husband is the main provider in our household. Would i be able to claim unemployment since im having to leave my job to followe him?

  96. I was fired for allegedly physically threatening a coworker off the clock, and off of company property. the coworker and I did interact the day he claimed the threat happened, and there was a heated argument, but no threats. neither of us even cursed. am I eligible for unemployment benefits? I’m in Oregon if it makes a difference. thanks in advance

  97. I left my job of 35 years, 2 years ago for reasons of stress and anxiety related to job. I am not yet retirement age. I have decided to look for another job at this time. If I am not hired, will I be eligible for UI?

    1. You will not be eligible as they consider employment history in the last 4 calendar quarters and you don’t seem to have employment during this period.

  98. The calculator is non-functional. The link leads to a blank page with the word “calculator” in the space. Cruel joke? Any way the formula can be posted so those of us with access to computing technology might calculate our estimated weekly benefit for ourselves?

  99. I am a salaried employee working from a home office for a company that is from Denver CO. I have been paid 4000 a month every month since January. I got a call today from the VP who said that they had intended to put me on 2000 dollars a month in May but “forgot” to do so or tell me anything about it. They are now threatening me that I need to pay them back-but they may forgive the 2000 dollars overpay for the last four months and just pay me 2000 dollars a month starting next pay period Oct 5. So they will cut my pay in half from 4000 to 2000 but I will be expected to do the same job and same hours. The company is not doing well and it appears to me that they are trying to cause me to quit so they don’t have to pay UI. The reason I say this is because it appears that every pay day they have been cutting someone from the payroll one way or another. Many have received unemployment so I think that they are in a bind with their UI insurance. I can not survive on 2000 a month especially since I can not earn any more because I will be working the same hours. Am I eligible for UI benefits for the half of the money they are now saying they are going to cut from my paycheck?

    1. Please check with the labor authorities in your state. One can make a claim for reduction in the number of hours worked in a week.

  100. I have been receiving UI benefits for several weeks after my position was eliminated with my company after working there for 4 years. I made 31k last year–2014 (I lost my job in June 2015). I made 20k from Jan 2015 through the time I was laid off. I am only receiving the minimum benefit amount($107.00 a week, after taxes). When figuring on the benefits estimator, at minimum I should be receiving $400/week. It seems incorrect–am I missing something?

    1. The calculator is just an estimate. You can contact the claims center of the labor dept in your state for precise information.

  101. I have a friend who’s husband was diagnosed with stage four cancer and she has to stay home with him to care for him. She has exhausted her FMLA and is on personal time and no income. Can you apply for unemployment since she is not able to work because of her husband’s conditions? unknown when she will be able to return to her job.

  102. I was on unemployment, then found a job, on the 2nd day I ended up with the flu and was out for 3 days, then let go because it was in the probationary period, can I go back to collecting unemployment on this?

  103. I worked in Oregon for the majority of the year and left to work for a company in Washington state where I was just laid off. The Washington office advised me to apply in Oregon. Is that accurate?

  104. I am currently serving 22 penalty weeks. I may be offered a very low paying part time job. If I accept and make less than half my weekly benefit amount (which is currently the max), will the week claimed not count as a penalty week served? Will I have to start over on my penalty weeks? Is it best to hold out for a job that I can make a living off of?

  105. I have been on a temp assignment with a very large corporation in Hillsboro, OR for the last few months. There is never enough work to keep me busy. I literally work about 30 minutes out of an 8 hour day and am expected to just sit here and stare at the wall and it’s starting to drive me crazy. I’ve contacted my temp agency multiple times telling them that this position is pointless because there is no work, I’ve asked my boss at the assignment to train me on more stuff or give me more work to do, the agency rep at the assignment has had two to three different meetings with my boss and his boss and nothing has changed. According to my boss’s boss, there should be plenty of work to do, so my only assumption is that my boss refuses to delegate anything more to me. I’ve asked to be reassigned to a different department that actually needs somebody or asked them to release me so I can get unemployment and find a job where I have work to do, but they refuse. I’m tempted to quit, but I don’t want to jeopardize my unemployment eligibility. Do I have any options here?

    1. I am afraid, you do not have many options.

      If you quit, it will be considered voluntary, making you ineligible. Please work out an arrangement with your employer.

  106. Would I potentially get unemployment if the house I was living in was sold by the owner and that left my family and I no other choice but to re-locate?

  107. I have a job now…but my employer finds it necessary to hire more people for season, and work me three or less days. I have talked to them and the more I ask for more hours the more hours I get cut! I have been working here for almost six months…and I’ve been searching for more work. Could i get unemployment for this job or would i have to do an older job wherevi have already got umeployment from. I do not know how any of this works. T.i.a

    1. Generally, one must have had employment for at least 4 calendar quarters.

      If you’ve worked before this, please consider applying.

  108. Hello Nick –

    I overheard my boss talking about wanting me to quit and can’t fire me for no reason because he doesn’t want to pay myunemployment. I’ve been there over 2 years and have grown my department 200%. Boss recently hired someone with 1/10th my experience and is paying them way less (which is why I am guessing it’s time to let me go). Since overhearing this conversation 2 weeks ago, I have received a letter that all benefits will be cut in 30 days, been asked to work longer hours for the same pay, and…came into work to find the board of directors in the office to witness an impromptu meeting where I was “very seriously warned” about my language towards another worker [there has never been a meeting of this sort at my work, nor do they have a grievance policy]; something I said offended another worker (a conspirator). I am guessing that they are trying to make a case against me, set up a negative track record.

    I am wondering if there is a list of reasons I can quit for and still qualify for UI. This is a stressful situation and unfortunately, I cannot prove any of this, or ask anyone for help – as they would risk their jobs too.

    1. You may be required to prove in case of a dispute. Please ensure you keep some kind of acceptable proof handy.

      If they deny unemployment initially, you can consider escalating to an adjudicator.

  109. I’m having conflicts with my immediate supervisor. I work unsupervised as an apartment manager at an apartment complex. He is offsite management. He claims I’m not performing my work, and is becoming increasingly abusive with threatening rhetoric, hints of being fired, and his wife, a bookkeeper for the company, goes berserk over innocuous small mistakes. It is abusive treatment, in my view. In the last phone call, he mentioned specific things he thought I wasn’t informing him about. Each of these incidents he mentioned in heated, ranting manner were things I not only warned him about as much as three years previously, but I cautioned him about liability, advised him how to repair, etc, but now he cites them as situations I never mentioned, which is a bizarre lie. I finally stood up to him and corrected his revisionist telling of history, and the call got very heated. If I am fired (seems likely at some near future, due to his strange lack of remembrance of my performed work, and his accusations), will this dispute damage getting unemployment insurance? It will be his word against mine, and his wife will chime in about the tiny, infrequent errors and likely lie and report them as large errors. But in terms of real evidence it will be hearsay for both sides. How do I document this duplicity?

    1. It all depends on your employer. If the job is threatening and hostile, you can certainly consider quitting and applying for unemployment insurance. In case of a dispute from your employer or if they deny initially, you can ask for an adjudicator.

  110. I am about to be laid off. My employer may offer me a job but it pays 25% less than what I am making now. If I decline will I still be able to collect unemployment insurance?

  111. If I am working at a company that only offers full time positions but I want to go to school full time and work part time, can I quit my job and get unemployment benefits?

    1. Some approved schooling courses are covered.

      Please call the unemployment office in your state for further information.

  112. I lived and worked in Oregon got unemployment approved now want to start looking for work in washignton I was told if I move to washignton even if I’m still looking for work my benefits stop is that correct?

  113. I am being let go as a seasonal worker, though I was not hired to be a seasonal employee. I have worked only 7mos here. Prior to this I was a full time student. Will I be eligible since I have not worked a full year?
    Thank you

    1. You will not qualify either as a seasonal employee or with the tenure worked. One needs to have employment in the last 4 calendar quarters.

  114. I moved to Texas 3 months ago to accept a job offer. when I started work, I found out that I am the third person in the position in less than a year. My manager and the assistant manager were really abusive and racist. I talked to the HR and they encouraged me to file a claim against my manager. The organization has a lot of politics and it’s the real hostile work environment. I never had a problem with my managers or colleagues. I am well educated and have a masters degree. I am really stressed in my this position. the manager I filed the claim against is on administrative leave but his assistance is taking care of abusing me and making my work life hell. the HR director encouraged me to file a claim because he hated that manger and wanted to fire him. The HR after that turned against me and asked me to get along with my colleagues. she told me you are different and from a different country and it seems that it’s hard for you get along with everyone. I had a wonderful career path and amazing relationship with my coworkers and managers in the past. what I am experiencing here is really exceptional and awful. I have copies of the documents I submitted to the HR that documents the discrimination incidents. I am also working on different tasks that what I was hired for and tasks that doesn’t match my skill profile.
    I want to move back to Portland and I need to get the unemployment assistance until I am able to find a job. I am married and have a family to take care of. I have and employment authorization card.

    1. Ali,

      Please go ahead and file for Unemployment Compensation if you decide to quit due to hostile work environment.

      If your employer disputes the claim, keep all the related paperwork handy for proof.

  115. I have worked in Oregon for the past seven years and before that 2 or 3 years in Washington with no problem I recently lost my apartment and am currently homeless. I am unable to find housing in Vancouver and must move out of the area, My husband wants to move north since housing is affordable and available. Will I be eligible if I have to quit to avoid living in a van down by the river?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  116. I have been at my job for over 6 years and have always loved my job. I have been having health/ mental health issues over the past several months and have exhausted my leave. I have been released to return to work now but my employer is treating me so horribly that it is causing severe triggers and I’m afraid I’m going to lose my job. If this occurs will I qualify for benefits?

    1. If you lose the job due to involuntary reasons, you can be eligible.

      If there is a dispute from your employer, be ready to provide proof.

  117. I have been on unemployment since August. I have about six weeks left of 476 weekly benefits left and my year ends 7/30/2016.My last job has offered me part time of 2 days. If I take that will that make my remaining balance of my benefits last longer? I do not know how long this part time will last.

  118. I forgot to add I have worked for them for 25 years. I Live in Oregon. If I work 2 days a week and that deducts money off my weekly benefits will that make my balance last? I know I still have to kook for a full time job or get called back to full time. One last question if I don’t get a full time job and this part time job dose not last can file a new claim after my year?

    Thank you having this. It is hard to find answers

    1. The best way to get unified answers for all your questions is by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

      You may not qualify with a part time job in hand.

  119. I work for the USPS & just recently quit my job due to major pain that progressively worsened due to prior injuries (double shoulder impingement & bulging/torn disc at L4/L5.

    I was hired as a Clerk in 7/2014 to sort letters, flats (magazines & such) & assist customers at the window. In August, my duties changed to a parcel clerk, which consists of constant bending, lifting, reaching, pushing, pulling, etc… on a concrete floor all day long, which has extremely aggravated my prior injuries. I have spoke with my Post Master on several occasions, telling her that I can no longer endure the pain & my symptoms continued to worsen with activity related to the position. She pretty much told me to suck it up…we all have pain… This is a very small post office, only 4 clerks total, & she stated that she had no one else to put into the position & continued to work me.

    I went to the Dr. & she agreed that my choice to quit was on the right track & that I could no longer continue with the physical work, when considering my history, rather needing a desk job without strenuously physical requirements.

    So, I quit last week, with 2 weeks notice & a Dr. note which put me on lite duty for the time period that they can’t accommodate, therefore I am taking my vacation time to finish out my last 2 weeks.

    I fully expect to be able to confidently perform a large range of duties, within an office setting, within the next few weeks or so. I have began a real estate class online to obtain my license in the mean time, but will become unemployed as the 15th, due to medical conditions beyond my control.

    Question- Will I be able to receive unemployment because I quit my job due to prior medical conditions, even though I am more than capable of working in other areas & have alot of experience?

    1. Well, personal reasons such as health are generally not considered.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  120. I work full time and had a accident at home I’ve been out of work due to this and will have to have a surgery will be out 6-12 weeks I have been working there almost 2 years but needed to work there 3 years to qualify for disability so do I qualify for unemployment

    1. You will not be eligible to receive unemployment since the injury/surgery puts you off work for sometime. If the injury was work related, please explore workers compensation scheme.

  121. Over the course of almost 16 years my hourly wage increased at the job I previously worked at. After getting laid off, the unemployment office told me that I had to accept a minimum wage to not lose my UI benefits.
    What is the rule to this? I know of another person that was getting a higher wage and was told by his previous employer that he had to accept the minimum wage. After he accepted the min. wage the employment office (Oregon) told him that he was not required to accept the lower wage while on unemployment.

    1. Well, there may be some sort of miscommunication from the Unemployment Office in your state.

      Please call the claims center and speak to a supervisor to get further clarity.

  122. Thru no fault of my own, a licensing board closed my business due to someone else’s inability / unwillingness to follow the rules. That was Oct 2014. I was supposed to be able to go back to work April 2015. Which I tried. Had a four day job and late in 2015, had a 12 day job , dropped for insurances not paying up. So in Jan lost the last job. The office that was opened for one job we just closed because insurances wouldn’t pay. We’ve gone a year and a half without income, depending on family that can’t afford it either. The business I owned for 7 yrs won’t pay me unemployment, the other three jobs didn’t keep me on long enough to pay. I was let go but without being ‘fired,’ just too much insurance issues to want to wait on. The doctor I used to work for had a stroke, otherwise I would’ve taken over his practice (I am not a doctor). I cannot get employment and the board stipulates I stay in the state and pushed their requirements from April to October because of spotty employment. The attorney general’s office doesn’t get the concept (they govern everyone from plumbers to doctors). Had to stop paying bankruptcy due to insolvency, can’t pay the fed/state so they take everything. What to do? Can’t afford a spot under the bridge !!

    1. Well, if they deny quoting frivolous reasons, ask for an adjudicator.

      Let them know that you wish to appeal the decision made on your file. Keep all the facts and documents handy and prepare well for it.

  123. I’m currently in a hostile work environment and have been diagnosed with PTSD and severe anxiety because of the way I have been treated along with sexual harassment , I’ve filed a formal with BOLI last week. If I quit my job will I be eligible for UI benefits?

    1. Yes, you can file and draw benefits.

      Please keep supporting documents handy in case your employer disputes the claim.

  124. Hello there,

    I have a question in regard to unemployment benefit eligibility.

    My brother is a Director of Health & Information technology at a company based in Vancouver, WA ( but he resides in Tigard, OR). His boss – the Executive Director has been verbally abused him about his works for couple of months, blaming him that he’s not managing his project wells. He has been a Director in the Health Care field for almost 10 years and certain know what’s he doing and how to manage his employee. He has been putting up to her and due to his personalities, however, today he went in and talked to HR Director and the HR director advised him to talk to his boss himself.

    My question is that in the event that he is quitting his job , if he can’t resolve the conflict between him and his boss and her behavior didn’t get any better, can he apply for unemployment benefit due to non-hostile working environment with proof and documents that his boss has been verbally harassing him ?

    Other would advise to take this case to a civil law suit, but he doesn’t want to take this big deal of the problem.

    Thank you so much for your advise,

    1. Yes, he can quit due to hostile working conditions and draw Unemployment Benefits until the time he finds another job.

      Be sure to keep the supporting documents handy in case his employer disputes the claim.

  125. I’ve had to move to Washington due to family. I’ve been actively searching for a job since November with no luck, do I qualify for unemployment?

    1. If you lost the job due to involuntary reasons, you can consider applying.

      Please consider filing from the state where you were employed previously.

  126. I’ve been working a part time temp job for 6 months and it’s ending soon, 20-30 hours a week, and a different part time job before that. Am I able to apply? I have kids too. Don’t know if that makes a difference.

    1. Well, if you are currently working on contract basis, you may not be eligible since employers do not usually pay the relevant taxes into the system.

      Please check with your employer of the Unemployment Office in your state.

  127. Hi,

    Am I eligible for unemployment if I quit due to a hostile work environment?

    I have worked for this company for 18 months & have given my notices on 3 previous occasions based on the same reason, of which I informed my boss of, but rescinded them each time because the work conditions improved, but only for a short time period before my boss went back to her same old ways.

    A Co-Worker & I have talked to our Union Rep about our boss’ mis-treatment & she basically told us it would go nowhere unless all workers were on board with the complaint. We have 2 other co-workers- One who is 69 years old & almost ready to retire, therefore she doesn’t want to cause any problems. The other co-worker is nearly as bad as the boss, he is her favorite & up on a pedestal, so not going to get any help from him.

    I was going to make a formal complaint to a higher up, beyond the Union rep, but a contract employee beat me to it for the same reasons. The end result of the complaint was-

    They sent out a manager from another store to interview the manager, employees & contract workers. He generated a report of what everyone was said & gave it to her. She called 3 of the 4 employees into the office & basically started out by shouting at us, explaining why our actions cause her to become angry.

    Eventually she calmed & we were able to talk it out. Again, the work place improved for awhile, just to revert back to her same old ways.

    The girl that I was hired with put in her notice 3 days after she began working, she no longer works here. A Co-Worker, who transferred to my store last May, will be transferring as soon as she is eligible (in May) & is willing to write a statement attesting to the unbearable work environment.

    The customers even complain about how horribly she treats her employees. I have even printed out a few surveys submitted by our customers who say how badly she treats her employees…one goes as far as saying- the manager is yelling at her employees in front of customers…she’s rude & very unpleasant….the manager either needs anger management classes, manager training or to be fired”

    I can’t handle this working at this place anymore! I have developed extreme anxiety since working here & have had anxiety attacks (thought I was having a heart attack). I come home from work & cry, I can’t sleep & have horrible dreams. I can’t emotionally or physically handle working at this place any longer, but I really can’t afford to quit either.

    What to do…..

    I apologize for the lengthy reply. Thanks in advance for your help!


    1. You have two choices. Either explore the labor laws in your state and lodge a complaint with the relevant authorities or quit to to hostile work environment and claim Unemployment Compensation until you find a job.

      You will have to be ready to produce the required documents in case of a dispute.

  128. My partner works two jobs about 36-38 hours per week in Medford and Ashland. If my partner quits her two jobs so that she can move to Eugene where I live, can she file right away for benefits and receive them or does she have to wait? She plans to seek similar employment in the Eugene area.

    1. She will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Resigning with a motive to move elsewhere does not qualify.

  129. My wife accepted a better career in San Antonio and it’s the best job offer she has ever recieved. I am forced to move with her and my son and resign from my position to preserve our family. Will that disqualify me for benefits?

    1. That is correct.

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  130. I have worked for an Oregon company for two years and was informed today that due to changes being made within the business and lack of work to justify the existing # of “employees”, I was being laid off. When hired two years ago, I was told I would be responsible for state and federal taxes as an independent contractor, yet for day to day work expected and performed, I have worked as a full time + employee with full structure as such a employee/employer required scheduled hours. As I was unprepared for this even working full time, I wanted to see if I can claim unemployment while searching for another job. How do I find out if the company who laid me off is an “employer subject to UI Law?

  131. I was fired for a dirty ua,in oregon, I do have a med card for majariana from my doctor, is their any chance of geting unemploment?


      1. Nick, are you sure about that? If this person has a medical use card, does that not extend protections? I (and all of us) know people who have abused that program from the start. But I (and all of us) have also known folks who we are glad used the program so as to be healthier. Is there not a chance that this person can apply for extenuations and get a hearing? His languaging is problematic. Referring to your own test as a “dirty UA” when you in fact have a card creates cognitive dissonance, it is true.

        1. Well, that is the norm. Again, it may differ on case to cases basis.

          Its better you call the Unemployment Office in your state for specific advice.

    1. Seen this happen. The fired sued and lost in court even though he had a card. You could be fired for coming to work with prescription narcotics too. The court case makes it a precedence so don’t waste your tie suing. I suppose if you stayed home while the weed is in your blood then you would be protected under fmla.

  132. If someone is employed full-time and their hours are cut down significantly (to approximately 1/4 time, can that person apply for benefits?

  133. Hello Nick.
    My wife worked full time and goes to school full time. Eventually nursing school soon.she was fired for bad attitude and a couple other bogus reasons that she was able to prove wrong. Would they approve our claim?

    1. Depends. If there is a dispute from your employer and you’re able to provide supporting documents, she can be eligible.

      Claimants who go to school full time are generally not eligible. Please check with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  134. I believe I’m getting let go tomorrow from my position. One week ago my 90 day probationary period was extended and my manager as well as all the nurses in my department have said I was not given the tools for success in my position at the company. I’m the first LPN in the department and my manager and team lead are very new to their roles. I have moved from PA out to Oregon with my family because of this position. I’m so worried about how I’ll survive out here with no extended family and no income. Will I qualify for unemployment while I search for a new position?

    1. If you were let go due to invalid reasons, you can be eligible.

      Please provide supporting documents in case of a dispute from your employer.

  135. My family and I have had our own business for the last 25 years, but recently had to shut down because no work was coming our way. Will I be legible for unemployment until I find a new job?

    1. Not sure if self employed persons are eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for precise information.

  136. My husband and I have been employed with stable work hours for 1 1/2 years. Suddenly our boss changes both our schedules without notice to work hours which dont accommodate our childcare. We have a 1 year old. Our boss knew our needs and changed our hours anyway. We cant find childcare to accommodate a 5AM start time and my husband will have to drop me at work and be late in order to take our child to childcare. If he is let go due to this, does he qualify for unemployment while looking for a new job. He has excellent availability for work, just not 5AM.

    1. Well, this is a tricky situation. Claimants who lose their job due to voluntary reasons do not generally qualify.

      Please inquire with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  137. Hi, I was just laid off after working for the company for 15 years, and I haven’t yet filed my initial unemployment claim. I had already booked & paid for a 3 week vacation starting next week, so I’m wondering whether I should wait until I return before filing the initial claim. How long can I wait before I would risk having my claim denied because it’s too long since my last day of work? Should I file the initial claim, and then just not make weekly claims, or will it cause a problem if I don’t start submitting weekly claims right away?

  138. My spouse is taking a new job in Portland, and we live in Eugene. My job will not relocate, would I be eligible for unemployment even though I am quitting? I am not entirely up to date on the eligibility if you quit with “good cause”

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  139. I’ve been with the same company 16 years. I was just told that my position is being eliminated, They told me I have to move to other state to keep my job or I will have to resign from my job.I don’t want to move. Will I be eligible after being forced to resign?

    1. You can be eligible. If there is dispute raised by your employer when you file, keep supporting documents handy for proof.

      1. I recently was employed at a full time job and a part time job in Eugene. I voluntarily quit my part time job to work more hours with my full time job…I was then laid off and approved unemployment…in that time I have relocated to Portland and am unable to commute the 105 miles to Eugene for suitable work. So now almost 4 months later the part time employer filed separation papers and the state is now denying me benefits despite the fact that I am collecting from the full time employer…I have appealed the decision and am awaiting the hearing…do you have any advice or knowledge on what to do next Nick?

        1. Well, please wait for them to call for hearing. Ensure you present your side of case firmly with facts and documents.

  140. Hello,
    I recently started a part time job in December, but recently found out the company is closing. I will have worked there a total of 4 months. I do not think I have worked 500 hours yet. Would I need to meet this eligibility criteria in order to qualify?

    1. You will not qualify on the basis of this job. If you’ve had employment before that covers 4-5 calendar quarters, you can qualify.

      1. Hope this helps:

        Jan-March 2015: FMLA Started back to work mid March, did receive wages in March only for previous job
        April-June 2015: worked almost full time status@ previous job
        Jul-Sep 2015: worked 1 day in July only previous job
        Oct-December 2015: Started work again Dec 1 current job
        Jan 2016-March 2016: current job working

        Given the above, does that change things? I had a different job in 2015, would that qualify me?

  141. Hi Nick,
    I am wanting to see if you can tell me if i would be able to apply for UI benefits due to hostile work environment. I moved to a project last year, the person who was supposed to show me the ropes ignored me for weeks, took all assignments i had away and put them under their name causing lack of work for me. they refused to train me or share information with me. When asking a question (and before i could finish asking), they would get up close to me and yell at me while smacking one hand into the other and saying “i already told you how to do this, over and over again” when she had not explained it to me, hints the reason i had asked. Several people saw this including the team lead, but no one said a word. When i went to the lead about this, issues got worse, the lead started treating me badly and pretty soon i was on my own to learn the job duties. The trainer had treated me so bad that they put someone else as my point of contact. eventually she got moved to another part of the same team. Problems still persisted, i would have another team mate tell me how they would be talking about me badly, and the lead was telling this person (who was horrid to me) about my personal call ins and other issues. also I seem to be the only one on my team that has a badge reports pulled. I am the only team member not able to work from home or make up time due to appointments or an emergency. When i joined this team they knew that i had doctors appointments monthly and said that they would work with me, but now are unwilling to. The one person has even said racist comments towards me and another coworker. I have gone to the compliance office, head of HR, and not one thing happened. After about a year of this i can not take any more, i am more depressed and constantly dreading going in to work. I am getting more headaches and consistently an upset stomach. I researched our policies and they are in breach of several including “hostile work environment” and “data protection”. I went to the Floor manager, but things do not sound promising. There are no other available jobs to move too, and they will be talking with the leads again to find out why they are acting this way… which only causes more issue for me. I even have an IM with me telling the lead about this harassing/comments and the response i got was “I know they are difficult to get along with, i have had issues with them in the past. But same with others”. The only reason i haven’t left has been due to medical bills and regular bills. I know I wrote a lot, but I am at a loss and i cannot afford to not have a job and need to know if there is any way this would be considered Hostile work environment. I tried researching before asking and have gotten mixed reviews.

    1. You can claim and receive if you leave due to hostile work environment.

      If there is a dispute when you file, please keep supporting documents handy for proof.

  142. I have been working as a campus police officer full time for 5 years. Recently college administration has decided to remove the commission that granted the police authority and are transitioning to unarmed private security. I was hired as a police officer, and being an unarmed security guard is not within the job description I applied for. If I resign because they are no longer able to provide employment for the job description that I agreed to will i be ineligible for benefits?

    1. I will be applying for work, but the hiring process can take up to 6 months.

      Thanks for any and all help on this..

    2. I guess you should be able to until you find a new job.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm before applying.

      1. Thank you for your reply. This is a stressful time and every bit of information is appreciated. My wage will be frozen and my job description will be significantly changed..

  143. If I was given two weeks notice that I was going to be terminated and then three days later I was immediately terminated for violating company policy would I still be eligible for UI since I had already been told I was going to be let go?

    1. Not sure if you will be eligible. Your employer may dispute.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm.

  144. I live in Oregon and pay all of my taxes here but my employer is based in Florida, while I work from here. I applied for OR unemployment and was declined because they said all of my wages were earned in Florida.

    So I applied in Florida, which their benefits are awful. Weekly max of $275 and you can only claim for 12 weeks!

    I have two other coworkers who help the same position as I and live in New York and Massachusetts and both are eligible to claim in the state they live in.

    Am I doing something wrong? Or is there something different with Oregon? Someone please help. There’s no way I can support myself on this amount. Thank you.

    1. Well, the eligibility and number of weeks depends on many factors. Not all applying during the same period will get the same quantum.

      To understand the breakup, please call the claims center.

  145. What if I am only laid off for one week? My company is slow right now and they are laying me off for for only one week. Can I not draw unemployment for that week because of the waiting week?

    1. I don’t think you will qualify for just one week of temporary unemployment.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for precise information.

  146. Hi Nick,
    I am currently employed at 32 hours/week (what the company considers full-time). Also, I have ADA accommodations for a disability. The type of work required is making my condition worse. Can I leave this job and still get unemployment?

    1. Please check with the Unemployment Office in your state and apply accordingly. If you have the required certification, I am guessing you should be able to draw.

  147. Can I collect unemployment benefits if I am let go because the company cannot afford to pay me my hourly wage?

  148. I work at a million and on my lunch break I had to go to my car to get a feminine hygiene product since they do not have any available in the bathrooms and I was off work for a month, so I hadn’t been on my period at work for 2 months, I didn’t realize I was out of products until I needed one. Anyways the train runs in between our building and the parking lot, I got stuck behind the train and was late coming back from lunch, so now I’m unemployed for leaving and not clocking out.can I get unemployment benefits?

    1. You can be eligible if you were fired for trivial or invalid reasons. Please consider applying for UI until you find a new job.

  149. I’m a home care worker and my client is nearing the end of life (very elderly). I currently work near where I live (90 minutes from the nearest town). When my client passes can I file unemployment? What is considered “unreasonable distance to travel for work). I’m not sure if there are currently other clients out in this area who would need care and with two (soon to be three) young kids it would be difficult if I had to search for work in town 90 minutes away. Not sure if it would be worth it to apply for unemployment or not if I wont be approved based on my living location.

    1. Well, you can only qualify if your employer pays the relevant taxes into the system.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  150. If an employee leaves an hour and a half early from work without notifying the employer who is out of the office, is that considered quitting and therefore ineligible for benefit?

    1. Well, it depends. If the employee was laid off due to adherence issues, it may go against when they apply.

      On the flip side, if he/she was asked to leave due to invalid reasons, they can qualify.

  151. I’m am currently working but it is very stressful, and I was told 6months ago I would be promoted with a raise… hasn’t happened they have hired 3 people for the position I was supposed to get. There is a person there I have issues with I hAve talked to the head person and nothing is happening, I found another job but they lay people off for a week or two at a time so I want to know will I be eligible for unemployment if I’m there for 2 months then get laid off? I really want this job but have 2 girls to look after. Thank you

    1. If you’re laid off due to involuntary reasons and have at least an year worth employment in your kitty, you can be eligible.

  152. In April of 2015 I established a claim after being let go from my job. I found a job a month later. In March I was let go from that job, and restarted my claim, so I was making the same benefit. My claim that I established last year, expired on the 23rd. They said I needed to file a new initial claim on Tuesday, yesterday, which I did. The new initial claim was identical to my claim restart. My question is, do I have to do another waiting week, even though it was already established last year?

    1. Waiting week is generally required when you file for the first time.

      Please confirm by calling the claims center.

  153. My husband and I are relocating due to his job. Will I be able to file for unemployment until I find a new job?
    Thank you.

  154. Hello, I have spent the better part of the last 2 years working for a large telecom company. I recently quit due to severe anxiety and depression that had been caused my new work environment/supervisor after receiving a promotion. I am taking meds that I’ve never taken in my life, was approved for FMLA and a STD claim for these reasons. I tried to transfer to a lateral position that would drastically change my environment and my supervisor but was denied based on failing an assessment that I had already passed to get the job I already held. I tried to return to work but after 3 days back I just couldn’t do it. I’ve already gotten my potential wage report and all that but they are saying it takes 6-8 weeks to process. All I want to know is if given the origins of my issues being work related, the steps I tried to take to resolve and Oregon laws/my already been approved for FMLA/STD, do you think it’ll be approved?

    1. Well, UI benefits are only provided if you’re able and available to work. Medical reasons may not be considered.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further instructions in this regard.

  155. I’ve been off work for almost 10 month. I just started working w the Salem Keizer school district as an instructional assistant. I will only work about six week & then school will be out. Can I apply for unemployment over the summer until my job starts again?

    1. Seasonal jobs do not qualify due to obvious nature of work.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  156. Can I quit and get benefits if my employer is making my job into a part-time job? My employer also self-insures for Unemployment. Does that make a difference?

    1. Please do not quit. Instead, apply for partial Unemployment benefits for the lost hours.

      If you quit, you will not be eligible.

    1. Its mostly full time workers who’re eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  157. The company I work for is “advising” certain employees to take VSP; are we eligible for benefits if we take VSP? Next time it will be ISP but then it’s harder to find a job as we are now considered “ineligible for rehire”.

    1. You will not qualify if you lose the job due to voluntary reasons.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office by calling them.

  158. I am working on contract, 6 months to hire, 6 months is up. But the contracting/consulting company has a different contract in place with the company where they placed me. Now the consulting company wants to extend my contract, to mtch what they signed with the company am working with. I took a 50% pay cut to make the contract work for everyone. Can i refuse the contract extension and still collect UI?

  159. I have been working in the state of Oregon since Beginning of February but the company Im employed by is based out of Washington. As of June I will be laid off with my company due to lack of work. Do I apply for unemployment through Oregon or Washington. Thank you in advance

  160. If a person has to quit there job because they lost their place to live and have to move to a different town, are they eligible?

    1. Generally, voluntarily reasons are not considered.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them.

  161. Hi Nick,

    I was laid of from my real estate assistant position recently. My employer was paying UI for me. Unfortunately now I am unable to find a new position.

    My domestic partner claims me and our son as his dependents on his taxes.

    Would I be eligible for benefits with these conditions?

    Thank you, I very much appreciate your time.

    1. You can be eligible to claim UI benefits until you find another job as long as you were laid off.

      As far as I am aware, domestic relationships do not matter.

  162. I was laid off last week after 23 years 8 months with my employer and have gotten a five month severance. Can I delay filing till that severance period runs out or must I file for benefits during that period? I would prefer NOT to overlap for tax reasons.

  163. I will have wages from July to Nov of 2015 and then from April to Jul of 2016. My company will then lay me off. Will my wages from April to July be included in my claim? If not my weekly amount will be roughly half!!

  164. Hi Nick, I did not work June 12th-18th, so on the 19th I filed for Oregon Unemployment (everywhere it says file AFTER the week ends) and believed 12th-18th would be waiting week. On Sunday 26th & then again Monday 27th attempted to file for 19th-25th but it said I had already filed and had to call. Mon/Tues/Wed could not get thru, this morning I did get thru after being on hold for an hour. Then it let me file for the week ending 25th. This is so confusing because the (less than polite) lady on the phone said the 19th-25th would be waiting week because my first contact was on the 19th. This makes no sense, but she said it’s been that way since 2013. NO WHERE, not even in the handbook, does it explain it like that, and what she said makes no sense at all. I have looked everywhere including the handbook and that point or law change is NOT CLEAR.

    In the interim, there is another issue. The company has 2 different divisions and I had applied for the second division and had to re-take a UA. I have had my Class A CDL for over 30 years and I have NEVER failed a UA for any reason. I have never intentionally or knowingly smoked or used marijuana in any form and a person would have to be a special kind of stupid to VOLUNTEER for a UA if a person was using. By applying I KNEW and was VOLUNTEERING to have a UA and didn’t think one thing about it. Now that Oregon has “legal” marijuana in all forms a person could unknowingly be exposed. Apparently I failed the UA. I am in SHOCK. I immediately went and got store UA’s and they were NEGATIVE. So really in shock. This job was also supposed to be Union, however, the Union rep failed to ever sign me up, even after 4 months. I was told by the Union rep that I should resign to avoid having a firing on my record. So I did what she told me to do on the 20th. I immediately started work search and applications. This entire thing is suspicious because the same day I took the UA, I also reported what most likely was Felony theft of funds by 2 other employees. The other horrible thing is that to be eligible to drive again, I will have to pay a SAP councilor $400 up front, pay to do whatever he tells me to do and then have to pay at least $50 more to take another UA. This is a nightmare because I do not have the funds to move forward with this.

    1. I can understand the plight. Remaining calm in such situation helps. Gather all the paperwork and if they deny on these grounds, file an appeal by asking for an adjudicator. Present the facts confidently. Best wishes and do come back to us if you need any further information.

  165. The company I have worked for 13 years recently sold and is now owned by a German company. They have not made payroll 3 times now with excuses like “we had a mandatory meeting and could not process payroll” but the company is in financial difficulty and business has dropped off since the sell (and immediate move). Eventually I am paid. Is there some recourse if we can not get paid as per our employee contract? Can I qualify for UI and look for another job?

    1. Yes, you can be eligible under such circumstances.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm and seek further information.

  166. I filed an unemployment claim and said I was had no valid claim. I did quit my job and took summer courses to help me get another job. I did not state on my claim that I quit work because working conditions were unbearable for me. I was bullied and harassed at work. I have gone to my therapist and my Drs about this. They suggested I file a grievance against my work. The thought of doing this stresses me out. But I need money until I find another job. I believe my Drs and therapist would write a letter stating that work was causing me severe problems. But I’m afraid to appeal in case I have to face them.

    1. If you have all the supporting paperwork in place, you don’t have to be afraid of anything. Please consider filing for an appeal if they deny since its your rights.

  167. I had a child 9 months ago and after taking my 3month leave went back to work and put in my 2week notice due to not having one I trusted to watch my newborn now that she is older I have been looking for work and haven’t found anything.am I eligible for unemployment since the reason I quit was due to not having child care? Thanks

    1. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You may not qualify since it was voluntary resignation.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  168. Hi,
    A month ago I was fired due attendance. Family medical emergencies, and weather related situations, I had even fell ill and had to go to the hospital several times, brought in all my medical records and was still written up. I have filed for unemployment but no check as yet. I’m worried about losing my car for which I use to take my disabled roommate to his appointment and hospital. Any advice?

    1. Please call the Claims Center at regular intervals for an update.

      You may not be eligible since UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  169. I have been working at my current job for 2 years. I have never received a review, despite the employee handbook promising one every 6 months. I’ve been asking for one for a year. There are tasks for which I require training that I have never received, and now I am being utterly hammered for not having completed, despite my near-constant asking for support. I’m at my wits end, and am ready to give notice. I am losing sleep and having anxiety attacks. If I left a job under these circumstances, would I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. This is a tricky situation. If you leave voluntarily, you will not be eligible.

      On the flipside, you can be eligible due to a hostile working condition which is subjective. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  170. Hi Nick,
    We just have to move to a different town, close to our ailing father.
    My wife got a job already. I voluntary quit my job two weeks for the move. I am looking for jobs. Meantime , do I qualify for unemployment? Thanks for your help.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.

  171. My position is going to be eliminated in December, so I plan to apply for UI benefits. Do I have to spend my retirement account before I can apply for benefits? I would have to pay a lot of taxes on the fund, and I am hoping to leave it untouched as long as possible. I am a state employee, if that makes a difference.

    1. Each state has its own rules when it comes to dealing with retirement funds. Not sure of how it works in OR.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  172. I received a job offer for a new position with a small company and left my position after 17 years of full time employment. I worked for the new company for 4 weeks and was then laid off by the new company because the company couldn’t financially sustain the position. am I eligible for benefits? This is in Oregon

    1. Yes, you can be eligible to claim and receive Unemployment Compensation.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office and apply accordingly.

  173. I had a baby and have exhausted FMLA, returning to work soon. I requested part time status from my employer due to childcare scheduling and costs. They granted me 90 days of part time status, after which I am expected to return to full time status. At the end of 90 days am I able to claim UI?

    1. If it is a prior agreement between you and the employer, you may not be able to draw UC.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

  174. So, my wife was Terminated from her employment after 18 months of service. She was told that the reason was “They November Longer Needed Her Services”. She immediately filed for Unemployment Benefits and filed her weekly claim forms online. She original recieved her Wage and Benefit paper stating her Claim Total Amount and Weekly Benefit Amount. She then recieved a letter of Denial due to hours not reported for the previous quarters. Then she recieved a letter that included hours to make her eligible. At this point still NO handbook or approval letter. The online system shows all 3 weeks of work search stating “Week Claimed; Not Yet Processed” She then recieved a phone call that lasted about 2 minutes or less justhan asking again the reason of termination, which is still the same “We No Longer Need Your Services”. She has filed weekly clairs, registered wit the Work Force Oregon and met with a advisor at the Work Force Oregon as well as done the iMatch Skills requirements. Does anybody know? WHAT IS GOING ON in this circumstance??

    1. The best move for your wife to make is to visit the nearest Unemployment Office in your locality to get clarity on the status.

      If they deny, you can file an appeal with an adjudicator.

  175. I have two jobs totaling about 36 hours a week. As luck would have it, both employers are winding down due to pending retirements. I’ve been a loyal employee for over two decades but I have a chance right now to relocate with some financial help (basically a roof over my head) to jump start a new career. If my employers agreed to lay me off and not dispute my claim against them are they penalized financially or otherwise? Also, two jobs totaling 36 hours are still considered two part-time jobs right? How does that work? We are in the last 12 to 18 months of business. Would “downsizing” due to pending retirement qualify as a legit reason to lay someone off? Can that be considered fraud? No one seems to know how it all works as neither employer has ever paid out on a claim.

    1. Well, if the employer lays you off, you can claim UI benefits without having to worry about any negative consequences.

      Please get in touch with the local Unemployment Office for further clarity on the other questions you have. You can call them as well.

  176. I have been waiting for over 9 weeks now for a decision on my claim. My ex-employer has changed my last day of employment 3 different times with unemployment (yes, really) How many times can they contest it? I was let go after taking a sick day-only the 2nd time in 4 years..I called in previous to my shift and then was told I was let go due to taking this sick day. I thought the sick leave law prevented employers from doing this ? I have filed a complaint with BOLI.

  177. Hello, I am writing with a question regarding unemployment in Oregon. I work for a small program, within a larger non-profit organization in Portland. Today we were told that our entire team will most likely be layed off by the end of this month. On the same phone call we were told that we would not be offered transfers to other equal positions within the organization but that they encouraged us to apply and interview for other positions within the organization. When someone mentioned the process of applying for unemployment insurance, while waiting for new positions, our HR representative told us that if we did not apply for other positions within the organization right away they would be forced to report on our unemployment applications that we had declined work, therefor making us illegible or unlikely to receive benefits. Is this true?

    1. When you claim Unemployment Insurance in your state, you have to make job searches, attend interviews every week and report the same to the Unemployment Office. Well, your current employer does not have any authority in this case.

      You may call the Unemployment Office or visit the nearest branch for further information.

  178. I have been with a company for 20 years. I was on a medical leave from April 2015 – Jan 2016. I went back to work between Feb 2016 and April 2016, but then had to go back out on medical leave. I am getting ready to go back to work again.

    My doctor is filling out an accommodation form stating that due to medical reasons, I can’t do the same job I was in and need a job with certain accommodations. If the company for any reason, does not have a job available that can accommodate that request, at some point I have been told they could let me go. Will I qualify for UI?

    1. Generally, voluntary reasons are not considered. Having said this, there can be exceptions.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  179. Hello I work a part time job right now but due to medical reasons I will need to have surgery and it will be a 6 to 8 week recovery. Do I qualify for unemployment?

    1. Unemployment Insurance is only provided to those who’re able and available for work.

      Please confirm eligibility by calling the Unemployment Office in your state.

  180. Nick, I left a good job in the manufacturing field, after working there 2 1/2 years for a job that offered a 4 ten hr work schedule, and without the excessive OT I was asked to do.
    I was replacing someone moving to another state…..
    The guy I replaced was roommates with the shop foreman, and it seems he is coming back now, so I lost the job after a month working there.
    Am I eligible for benefits in Oregon till I find another job?
    This whole experience has been humiliating beyond words……

    1. Yes, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits as long as the separation was not voluntary.

      Please consider applying for weekly compensation.

  181. My wife and I just moved to Oregon. I work as a hair stylist on commission, though I don’t have a clientele. I got a job, but I am only paid commission, not hourly, and the time I am there equates to far less than minimum wage (this is normal). Do I qualify for anything until my wages are at least equal to Min. wage?
    My wife quit her job where we lived because I moved us here for work. Can she qualify while she looks for a job?

    1. With regard to your situation, UI benefits are provided as a substitution to loss of income due to separation from the job. I don’t think you will qualify to receive benefits.

      Your wife will also not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  182. Nick, a follow up question please:
    Would my benefit be based only on earnings from the company that separated me after a month, or for my earning throughout the entire past year?

  183. My wife received a job offer that requires us to move to Portland from Massachusetts. She would be unable to provide care for our 2 children if they had moved alone and I stayed with my job in Massachusetts. If I resign to join them and be the primary care giver, am I eligible for benfits?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    2. Not true.. I would still apply.. my sister in-law move from Chicago to Oregon and she filed unemployment and got approved for it… so you never know until you apply for it. If you move more then 50 mile from you are employed you can file for unemployment.

    3. It depends on the rules of the state where you would be filing your claim. If your claim is from Massachusetts, you may be eligible. I was eligible when I moved to Portland from Nevada due to my husband’s position change. My claim was from NV since that is where I earned wages.

  184. I got fired from my job 5weeks ago. I filed the same day I got fired. Reason I got let go was dr said “needs of the business is changing and we need someone who is spanish speaking” I still have not gotten paid. I have 2 questions.. how long does this normally take? I called they said just keep filing.. that is all they will tell me. Question 2 is if I find a job… example I find one on week 9, but if unemployment still has not paid me… will they still pay me back pay or do I lose the back pay once I find a job?? Please help

    1. Answers to your question as below.

      1) It should not take more than 7-10 business days to receive the initial claim. Please call the Claims Center and ascertain the reason for the delay.

      2) You will receive the benefits since they are meant for the weeks when you were unemployed.

  185. Hello, does someone qualify if they resign from their position regarding a spouses position requiring relocation?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  186. The holidays are traditionally slow where I work. Would I be able to collect unemployment during the slow period? I would look for work and the other requirements to file. And could my employer block my ability to collect?

    1. Well, if your job is seasonal, you may not be able to collect Unemployment Insurance benefits.

      Please call the local Unemployment Office for further details.

  187. My claim expires early December and I exhausted my benefits in June of 2016. Since then, I have relocated to a Portland from McMinnville to be exposed to a larger job pool. I have applied for numerous jobs that are within and outside of my field of expertise and not been interviewed. I have picked up occasional/temporary work that pays WAY below my previous wages. Finally, I have taken on a project that will not pay until its completion. My question/concern is regarding the requirement to re-open my claim after the expiration date. I will NOT have earned six-times my weekly benefit amount at that time – what are my options in order to receive benefits?

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  188. Rick my former husband and I did this in January of 1996 and I relocated (by choice) and he WAS eligible for benefits. That may have changed but at the time that’s exactly what happened.

  189. I’m in a situation where I may need to quit or get fired soon. I have a issue sleeping and my manager previously worked with me to get me a shift to start at noon. Now they want to change my schedule again, but now they want me there at 6am, I usually am just falling asleep at this time. I have brought this concern to them and they said I just have to wait to see what happens with everyone elses schedule. Since they always worked with me in the past I never bothered seeing a doctor (plus I don’t get paid enough to see a doctor for things like this). But I am 100% sure I have delayed sleep phase syndrome disorder. If I have come to them and explained the situation and they still refuse to give me a reasonable schedule, also by reasonable I am still talking about within their hours of operation, and they refuse, am I eligible for UI?

    1. You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  190. My position has been eliminated in Management. My employer has said I can return to my agent position I start here 7 years ago. In that 7 years I have proved myself by moving to a lead within 6 months, then to executive assistant to the CEO, then to Procurement Manager (eliminated position) for the whole company. I have all my evaluations for the term of my employment showing exceeding. My other option is to go into a redeployment bench position to look for other work inside this company as well as outside, then after 30 days I will no longer have a position here if nothing is found. My question is, can I collect unemployment after these 30 days if I go the redeployment route or do I have to back track to my starting position of being just an agent after rising through the ranks to becoming a manager?

    1. I am not sure if you will be eligible to claim Unemployment Benefits under such circumstances.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  191. I work in an at-will employee state. I was just terminated from my job, no reason given. And at the same time was handed a separation agreement which gives me the option of resigning effective January of 2017. I know that resigning doesn’t qualify for benefits. How is qualifying for unemployment viewed in at-will states?

    In my contract it states:
    XII: Termination
    This agreement may be terminated by either party by giving thirty (30) days written notice by certified mail, return receipt requested. It is understood that the 30 days will begin after the requested return receipt is received. During the thirty-day period, Community Innovation Partners’ can choose to continue to have you work for the thirty-day period, or direct you to take a leave with pay for the thirty-day period. Notwithstanding the above, Community Innovation Partners is not obliged to give you any more than thirty days written notice prior to terminating your employment and shall have no obligation to pay you any compensation, severance or other benefits other than thirty days of base compensation after it terminates your employment for any reason.


    1. As long as it was not your fault and involuntary, you should be able to draw UI benefits until the time you find a new job.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  192. My company has been paying me for less hours then I work. On and off for about 6 months now. I have filed wage descrepency forms three times and included pay stubs and a time sheet that shows the missing hours. They have misplaced my paperwork twice, and know they want exact dates for time not paid again. They keep saying they can’t find the hours but they should be able to see every time I worked because I have to scan my badge to get on site.
    If I quit do to them not paying me can I get unemployment. Plus Will They have to pay me the wages they owe.
    They also have 9 others at the sight with the same problem.

    1. I think you can be eligible to claim Unemployment compensation if you quit under such circumstances.

      Please call the Unemployment Office and decide accordingly.

  193. I was hired as a substitute teacher in Massachussets before Oregon Unemployment decided if my claim was valid. They had told me they were running 8 weeks behind so I thought I had to do something for work. A friend recommended to me that I could substitute even though I wasn’t a teacher or have a background in Education or have a Teacher’s Certificate.

    I thought was full time at the time of hire however but what I learned is that even though I’m “hired” for the full time jobs (the ones where people go out for 3+ months, you have to be qualified and interview with the individual school district-just because you are hired as a “Sub” does not give you the right to work these full time Substitute jobs. Those are reserved for people who have that experience. And you need to go through an interview, maybe get a certification in that subject but as I look through the subjects available, with my background and limited knowledge, it’s doubtful I would be hire-able.

    So, in looking at the schedule for an “on call” substitute teacher, I would need full time daycare however, there’s no guarantee that they are going to have shifts that fit the time slots that I could potentially teach. So basically I might be able to work one part time shift per week, but I’d need to secure full time daycare because the way daycare works where I live in Massachusetts, it is paid every month. Their shifts begin and end when my daughter is getting on and off the bus.

    So a few weeks ago I rec’d a letter in the mail telling me that I was not going to get paid until this was sorted out. They needed to make sure that I had not rec’d any money from the school and they said it would be resolved within a few days. It’s been 3 weeks. On this week’s claim it said my payment was denied and details and instructions were mailed to me. However, they also said if they needed to call me for any clarification they would reach out to me. So, I’m wondering what these details and instructions are. Can they just deny me for my claims and future claims without speaking to me? Do I have any recourse for a hearing? I guess I am at a loss because the agent told me, all they need to do is make sure that I did not get paid any wages here in Massachussets.

    Now it sounds more complicated and taking so much longer. Any idea if I am going to continue to be eligible for benefits and why the “on call” substitute teacher situation is getting in the way especially if I am not making any money here in Massachussets?

    1. Well, the authorities need to, and will keep you in the loop regarding the decisions made.

      If they deny and you feel it was not justified, you can ask for an adjudicator (second level of hearing). Please be prepared with facts and paperwork to prove your stand.

  194. I have been working for the same company for 5 years, every year we get laid off for 2 weeks for Christmas&new year. My co workers always file for unemployment for the 2 weeks our office closes down, and I did last year but forgot my answer. On the initial claim it asks if I’m currently employed, if I am returning my my work in 2 weeks, am I still considered employed? Not sure how to answer that question because although I’m not working this week or next week, I do have a job to return to in January!

    1. You may speak to a representative from the Unemployment Office over the phone for further clarification on your question.

  195. I am currently employed but moved quite a ways away about 4 months ago. I am commuting 2.5 hours to work and 2.5 hours home 4 days per week. It has become quite difficult to do and due to weather I have been missing at least a day per week. I am wondering if I would qualify for unemployment while I look for a different job or how that would work?

    1. In some conditions like yours, one can be eligible to quit and claim benefits due to the travel time.

      I suggest you speak to the Unemployment Office to confirm before making a decision.

  196. If your a temp and miss work due to being sick, and the job you are working doesn’t want you back. Do you qualify for benefits? Winter time and sickness is not easy to stay away from.

    1. Unfortunately, personal reasons are generally not considered.

      Please call the Claims Center for further information.

  197. I am currently receiving Oregon unemployment benefits, and looking for full time work. I was offered a full time position that pays more than unemployment. I accepted the position, as I would have been denied unemployment benefits if I turned down the job.

    However, the job I accepted is 1099 position, or and independent contract position. The position lasts for 6 months. Can I restart my claim after the contract is over, or am I deemed ineligible since I was working as an Independent Contractor?

  198. Oregon unemployment eligibility laws have me a little confused I was wondering if you might be able to clarify something for me. I understand that you can be denied benefits if you are fired for a failed drug test but I also noticed verbiage stating that you can qualify if you are participating in a qualified drug rehab program within 10 days of being fired. Is this accurate or are there no circumstances under which you can qualify if the firing is drug test related?

  199. I currently work as a Corrections Officer. The working environment is becoming increasingly dangerous with a constant danger to my well being every day. Would I qualify for unemployment benefits under these circumstances if I was to quit?

    1. Yes, you can be eligible to resign and draw employment under hostile working conditions.

      Please make sure call the Unemployment Office to clarify before making a decision.

  200. I am a full time college student but also working an average of 30 hours a week to help pay for college. My hours got cut down to only averaging 8 hours per week. Would I be eligible for UI?

    1. If the hours were cut due to your college timings, you may not qualify.

      I suggest you call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      1. Why does the unemployment office act like it’s their money. They didn’t work for it. Plus their pay checks come from our taxes

  201. Good morning,

    I’m am writing because I got fired and I applied for unemployment about 4 weeks ago. I have called a number of time to get some type of update and I am told that it take about 8-12 weeks to receive checks but on the website the time frame says different. I’m very low on money and need to pay bills and buy food ect. I have been on interviews and have done everything I’m suppose to. I see that this is a common issue but I’m sure it’s different for everyone based on their personal information, but I need these checks and I can’t wait a few more weeks. I’m sure I’ll get a job within the next week or two but I need help. Please can someone review my case and get back to me . It would be much appreciated

    1. It’s your responsibility to ensure payments are received on time. Please make sure to chase the Claims Center at regular intervals to get a definite answer. If needed, ask for a supervisor for escalating the issue.

  202. My husband’s company is being purchased. He has been told to expect the new company to offer him a job, but at a lower salary. If the salary offered is unacceptable and he leaves, will Unemployment consider it as if he quit his job? In other words, will he be eligible for unemployment compensation? Thanks.

    1. Lisa,

      If your husband decides to move out voluntarily, he may not be eligible to draw UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm if lower remuneration can be a valid reason to resign.

  203. If you have an open unemployment claim and at some point during the year are temporarily off of work again, when restarting the claim does the waiting week still apply?


    1. As far as I am aware, the waiting week only holds good for the first ever claim.

      Please call the Claims Center to clarify.

  204. If someone is fired for unintentional damage to company property may they still qualify for unemployment?

    1. Depends. If it’s considered as voluntary separation, the claimant may not qualify.

      Further details can be obtained by calling the Unemployment Office.

  205. I was terminated from my job for being absent. I was in the ER for gallbladder issues and possibly needed it removed but denied surgery because I was afraid to miss work and be terminated (since I was in my 90 day probation period), I came to work and provided my sup with proper documentation but was told documentation didn’t matter. The following week Oregon had the snow storm and due to my employer being strict on attendance I stayed at work for 3 days and 2 nights sleeping on a cot, those days I went without my medication, clothes and the only food source was the vending machine. I had asked to leave work early to grab some clean clothes and my medication and will return to sleep at work but was told it will be an “occurance” meaning I will be consider absent for that day even if I was to leave 1 hr early (my work was located in Hillsboro and I live in Gresham) due to those circumstances it put me back in the ER. Again I denied surgery. Fast forward a month later my mom had suffered a severe heart attack and I had asked to leave work early and possibly take the next day off and they agreed to let me go, when I came back to work I again provided proper documentation but was let go. It was just pure bad luck with this employer but wanted to know if I would be eligible? I called in every time and provided documentation (doctors notes, discharge papers, ect.) even tough I was told documentation wont help me.

    1. I am sorry to hear about the ordeal at work. Yes, you can be eligible to claim under such circumstances. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

      Also speak to the Unemployment Office before applying.

  206. I have worked in a restaurant for the past year but business has slowed and rather than allowing me to work the GM is having the salaried managers take shifts. I am scheduled 5 days a week but only end up working 1 or 2. I can not support my family on this. Each week I think I will work but it is the same – I get called off. I think it will pick up in summer but for now I need help. Problem is, I don’t think I’ve worked 500 hours in the past 12 months because the shifts are usually only about 5 hrs each.

    1. If you’re inquiring about claiming UI benefits, please speak to the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  207. Wondering where I stand maybe someone can put it in laymans terms..i am a med tech have been for over a decade in Oregon and reno for the rest..i went to work for the same company I worked for in reno but in salem… I was hired to be a day shift med tech. They knew that I had severed my dominate right hand which they managed to reattach with very limited mobility none of my fingers came be felt and all the bones are metal and no range of motion my fingers are atrophied and get caught on everything and will be in so much pain I throw up..so med tech was why I left reno.. they then we’re putting me in caregiver positions then said that a med tech day shift was ready in Dallas Oregon which was an hour away.but it was a med tech without caregiver.. caregivers must be able to lift the residents and other tasks where IT IS IMPERATIVE that I have both hands. So I get to new job immediately they put me on as care giver day shift then night shift then then I say something because a resident is being abused by then just letting her scream in pain all night and day for days.. that was what I believe became the reason for them to just start giving me less work no set schedule refusing to answer question I had my life was impossible so I move closer to Dallas Oregon so I don’t have to get up at 3am and the hour drive at least then it became a fight to getthroughthe day because they kept me on this open schedule as care giver only was told by several that head nurse was saying it will be a cold day in he’ll I get near med tech.. she then put me on a med cart training but made sure I didn’t do anything close to med tech work that was to much they said I couldn’t be trusted as med tech and put me on as caregiver on nights then day then one day on work one off then swing then they said I was to be open to just be on this merry go round I physically was not able to continue I’ve had 3 heart attacks COPD anxiety that they knew before this Corp hired me so they gave me a choice I could keep on there like I was or do as they said which was please just quit. I did and that’s been a week and 4 days… I couldn’t risk all they made me risk.. where can I stArt I loved med tech never had this treatment anywhere and am too stressed to even sleep help me I am gonna be homeless in short order if they don’t stop giving other company’s a bad review on me.

    1. I am sorry to hear about the ordeal.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility to claim UI benefits.

  208. Currently a supervisor at toyrus. Involuntarily my full time supervisor person got terminated so I was offered a settlement of some sort and resign . Or take a partime potion but pay goes down to minimum wage.when there’s a front end position open but wasn’t offered it. Single mother with bills , and food to buy ec… does anyone know would I qualify for unemployment while working partime there?

    1. Well, you can be eligible if the hours from full-time employment was temporarily reduced.

      I suggest that you call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  209. I am female, I work in a place where I am a lead and have formally talked with my manager and the owner about sexually inappropriate behavior that happens in the work place. The individual is someone that I am supposed to be a supervisor for, a male. For months he has been told his behavior is not appropriate by myself. He even took a very explicit pic of himself at work and showed it to multiple people including my self. I advised the owner and mngr and they said they they were gonna give him another chance and that we needed him.i was told That even though i am the victim of this behavior i needed to “mend Fences” with him as he is a key employee. I am trying to find other work even though I love my job but this is getting so bad. If i leave would I be elidgable to get unemployment while looking for work. I have kids and am just so nervous about being ok.

    1. I have also been told on multiple occasions by the manager that I will never get ahead because I am a woman and the owner is Mormon and will never view me as equal to the men. I have nothing against the religion and do not mean to be negative about that, but the fact that I am told this repeatedly is hard.

    2. I am sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, you can be eligible to quit under such circumstances and claim UI benefits. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  210. Are persons denied monetary unemployment benefits in which they are terminated from a position? Is this a hard and fast rule?

    1. If the person was terminated due to voluntary reasons such as performance issues, he/she will not be eligible.

      1. So, say formal steps were taken, got up to a write up, employees behavior was adjusted, but they were canned 2wks later, would that still count as ineligible?

        1. If you’re able to provide supporting paperwork, you should be eligible.

          Please call the Unemployment Office for details.

  211. One More Question : I was fired on January 25th and was given a severance package with the final payment on 5/1. Should I wait until 5/1 to apply for benefits or can I do that now on 4/3? Thanks

  212. For the last 3 years, I have been employed as a home care provider, this year my hours were dramatically dropped due to budget cuts. Anyway, my client’s case manager wrote a letter to me mentioning I could claim for unemployment for loss of hours. I did and I was accepted. So my problem/question is; I am still employed by them and my only free time is between 11am-5pm and I a a mother who can not afford daycare and no family available to watch my two year old son so, ultimately can not hold down another job. How can I claim benefits when I can’t work another job or really look for one?

    1. Personal reasons are generally not considered. I suggest you speak a representative from the local Unemployment Office for clarification.

  213. I settled a workman’s Comp case where I had a mutual termination with my employer of 10yrs. I have a partial disability with my knee so I’m in search of a new career. I’m having a hard time. Do I qualify for unemployment while I have no income coming in, while I search for a new job?

    1. If you’re able and available for work, you can be eligible to claim.

      I suggest you check with the Unemployment Office to clarify.

  214. I’m 59 1/2 years old and will be eligible for retirement in October, 2017. My position was just eliminated. Am i eligible for Oregon unemployment payments from now until retirement eligible? Do I have to seek employment for 6 months?

    1. You can be eligible to claim UI benefits until you find another job.

      Please consider applying. You will be required to make job searches.

  215. Hi I’m currently employed but returning from maternity leave. But since returning I had to stay home for two days after my son was sick and another two days because we had no one to watch him. My manager had placed me on an attendance contract prior to me leaving for maternity leave due to me calling in for morning sickness. So now that I’m back they keep telling me that it will be sent to HR to document. It is stressing me out now that I’m no longer producing enough breast milk to feed my now 3 month old.( I returned when he was 2 months) I know that if you quit you can not get unemployment, but would that be counted as a good reasoning.

    1. This is a tricky situation.

      Please call the Unemployment Office before making a decision on your employment.

  216. I have experienced a no fault lay off. I have decided to return to school for a license program. Can I collect unemployment while a student? Thanks.

    1. Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to those who are able and available for work. I am guessing you go to school full time until course completion.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  217. I’m an adjunct instructor for LBCC, and I was not given any summer term classes. The school has classes available in the summer — meaning, it does not close for summer. Can I qualify for unemployment? I am slotted to teach again in the fall.

    1. Seasonal employment does not generally qualify.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire further.

  218. If benefits ends after 6 months, what is the process for extending benefits? Also, what is the extension length?

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  219. I am a single mom of a special needs child. She is in treatment in Portland for a month at the moment but I have to do family therapy 2 times a week per her DHS worker and the facility. I qualified for FMLA leave but no pay. I’m struggling so hard, my savings is about gone. What are my options

    1. Trish,

      I can understand the hardship. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. You will not qualify for Unemployment Insurance. Please contact the Labor authorities to explore options.

      1. My company was trying to force me into a position I did not want to take making less money, etc… I am a w2 employee that only makes commission. When I didn’t want to take other position, They stopped giving me leads. They won’t answer my calls or emails. I have been with them for 6 years. I am not getting paid and working for free basically trying to generate my own leads. Can I file a claim?

        1. Bonnie,

          It depends on the “type” of employment you have with them. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to inquire if you’re eligible to claim UI under such circumstances.

  220. Hello:

    I have been a full time graduate student for the past 2 years. I am taking a break to reassess my path. I am looking for work but in a city where that can be quite difficult. Might I be eligible for unemployment? thanks.

    1. Jason,

      To be eligible, the applicant is required to have employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

  221. My employer was in California but I worked remotely from Oregon for more than 14 months. Do i file for unemployment in Oregon or California?

  222. I am a former Oregon resident (and US citizen). I have been living with my family in Canada due to a job transfer with my husband. His employer is moving us back to Oregon in July. Will I be able to file an unemployment claim? I worked in Oregon before we left (6 years ago), file Oregon taxes and have worked in Canada the last 3 years (self employed).

    I am looking for a job in Oregon without luck so far.

    Thanks for any help.

    1. Holly,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Claims Center for further assessment.

  223. So my wife worked for a school district, she was told either to resign or she would be fired. She has a dr. Note stating that she be out of work for a said period of time. My wife believes she was bullied into resigning, would she qualify for unemployment benefits or is she up a creek without a paddle?

    1. Brian,

      There may be a dispute raised by the employer at the time of application. Your wife should be ready to prove with evidence that she was forced to resign.

  224. Are you eligible to collect if you are fired for not passing a ua? Considering that marijuana is legal in this state?

    1. I am not sure if you can be eligible under such circumstances.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further assessment.

  225. My husband received a job in a new city (2 hours away) and because my position does not offer the option of working remotely I will be forced to resign once our home sells next month. I am seeking a new job currently but if I am unable to find work immediately, will I be eligible for unemployment benefits in the interim?

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  226. I had a Total knee replacement yesterday that was a preexisting condition. I can only financially be off work for 1 week. This is crazy to go back to work this soon. Could I qualify for short term disability through Unemployment in the State of Oregon. That way i would be able to recover fully till i go back to work???

    1. Sherri,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to those who’re unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state.

  227. Hello,

    I was laid off in March 2017. Full time Oregon resident. There are no disputes with former employer over layoff.

    I was an upper level manager, having difficulty finding management level work & wage.

    What are the criteria for an extension of benefits in my situation?

    Thanks for the help.

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  228. I had to quit my job to move in with family 4 hours away due to my apartment building being sold and I was homeless. Am I eligible to claim benefits until I find a new job in southern Oregon?

    1. You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  229. I have a part-time job that has varying hours and keeps me busy most of the year, but slows way down from June-August, offering just a few hours here and there in the summer. Would I qualify for unemployment during the slow-down?

  230. I live in Oregon, but my employer is in Utah. I just found out I am going to be laid off. Do I file for unemployment in Oregon or Utah?

  231. My husband is currently serving out of state in the Army. (I am stationed with him) but I have had a current job and work minimum 60 hours a week….
    He is getting ready to separate from the Military and we will be moving back. I am forced to quit my job due to our family moving off the island and back home.
    Do I qualify for unemployment??

  232. I worked 35 hrs/week for one employer for 17 years (from August,2000 & was laid off due to business closing in August, 2017).
    I worked part-time for another employer for 3 months (from May, 2017 & quit in July, 2017).
    Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

    1. Mary,

      Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website to ascertain eligibility and benefits. Please also call the Unemployment Office to verify and apply accordingly.

  233. I’ve worked at the same company for the last 3 and a half years as a senior help desk analyst and systems administrator. Over the last year, my workload increased into areas of responsibility that in all honesty started to exceed my skill set and effected my ability to deliver on them consistently. I have been studying on my own time to improve my knowledge, but it has not grown at the same pace as my job responsibilities. Today I was let go because “the role requires more than you are currently able to provide.” The HR Manager told me I should be eligible for benefits because no negligence was involved and the job just outgrew my skills.


    1. Dave,

      I can understand your situation. It sounds like you were asked to leave due to performance issues. In such case, it will be considered voluntary.

      Please call the Unemployment Office to check eligibility.

  234. myself and business partner own a cleaning company. (LLC Owned and operated by us) the Work has lessened significantly and it no longer sustains both our incomes. We are no longer able to keep it going. Are we eligible for unemployment benefits as we are looking for new employment?

    1. Tammy,

      Did you pay unemployment taxes on your behalf? If Yes, you should be eligible. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  235. So I will be giving birth to my son sometime December I only have 30 hours PTO i can use during my maternity leave if I space it out and only use 10 hours a week or so for the 4 weeks could I collect unemployment durning this time? Since it’s less than part-time and I’ve worked for this company since April. Summer I worked full time hours.

    1. Stephanie,

      You may not qualify under these circumstances. Please contact the Unemployment Office in your state for details.

  236. After 6 months of unemployment benefits, they are coming to an end. Can I file an extension if I still have no work? My claim expires in May 2018.

    1. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  237. I was financially forced to leave my job of five years because of childcare. My wife and I have twin infants and the cost of daycare is level with the amount I made at work. Due to the economy, I hadn’t received a raise in a few years, so there was no chance of me making enough to cover daycare. I’m at a loss now, as my wife’s wages don’t quite pay the bills, even without childcare. The basic cost of taking care of and raising twins is more than we can financially bear.

    1. John,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, the system does not consider personal reasons. You can consider the option of finding a job that pays well. However, if you quit voluntarily and try to claim UI benefits, you will not be eligible.

  238. If you are approaching unemployment properly, the quest to gain employment is a full itme job and especially if your a parent with kids at home. We all understand that benefits runout before the experation of the actual unemployment claim 12 month timeline. for me it was 7 months. To my surprise as I went to pay the heating bill I found my weekly deposit was only $7. not the amount that usually was put on my card each week ( if I followed the rules. ). My question that I am sure many hundreds of other have is. Why couldnt an email or letter be sent out weeks inadavnce of the payemnts running out as a general alert or heads up? The money not paid out via the cancelling of the extention program or the .50 cnts wasted on confirmation letters sent randomly would pay for such an important reminder. So its Christmas and most of us arent worried about gifts as much as we are for rent and heat & electricity. Slamming someone with this new obsticle to try to overcome is a quite odious “Bah Humbug”. For those who are religiously and with great passion trying to regain employment and follow the rules, not just sucking off the tit of the social service of the state, its one more demeaning smack in the face. At least help give folks a fighting chance to plan and strategize a plan to work around or through the cut off. But, as I was told with all the sugar and spice possible.

    ” Oh. you will get a notice next time you file on Sunday ( file? Why file if there is nothing to pay out? Why would I have to file a weekly claim on Sunday for what? Why? ) You will also recieve a notice in the mail by years end stating your benefits have run out. ” MERRY CHRISTMAS…………

    Thats great. Lets tell the car accident person, to watch for the car running the red light after they have T -boned you. If as a social service we are dedicated to helping people though some of the roughest times of their lives not just exacting social darwinism. Does the dept. not have the foresight and compasion to see how this could be an extreemly disiruptive and damaging to the efforts of getting back on one’s feet and recovering from the hardships to stumble across the funds ran out stopage?

    The system is short sightedly flawed. As I stated in the opening. Those who are engaged 100% in finding work and trying as we might to keep a family together would not expect benefits payout to be drained after just 6 months. and no upfront notice. That is a quite Odiuos reality. I hope yall have a very safe and Happy Holiday Season.

  239. I was doing a great job and told months prior to just work on remembering things a little better. I had to have a major surgery and spoke with my manager, I let her know I would just take off a week and be back even though I should have had more. 2 days after I get back I was told that this position is not a fit for me and I could give a 2 week notice or be terminated. They also said there was no real reason except I was just not a good fit. Can I get benefits after only 6 months employed and having to quit instead of be fired

    1. Chasity,

      Firstly, you need active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Hope you have employment prior to the current assignment to cover up. Secondly, please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility before deciding to quit voluntarily.

  240. Hi,
    I quit my job in California and moved to Oregon in October. I have not been able to find a job. Do I still qualify for unemployment in the state of OR?

    1. Kate,

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    2. If you like animals & live in or around Eugene, try applying at, Emergency Veterinary Hospital. They are alwsys looking for people.

  241. Hello,

    I have been extended a job offer in my field as a wildland firefighter that starts on April 2nd (today is February 22nd). It is a tentative selection thru the US Forest Service that will become an official offer once the paperwork goes thru HRM.

    My question is, does this tentative selection for employment count as my job offer, and when can I start using this in my weekly UI claim so that I no longer have to apply to other jobs? It seems unfair for me to be applying to positions I am not actually interested in taking.

    Thank you very much!

    1. Riane,

      It can be considered as a job offer. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further discussion and clarification.

  242. I have a situation at my work. Another employee has made threatening physical notes targeting me and left on my desk. I gave these notes to my employer. They were severe enough in content that I was sent home for 2 days with pay and this other employee was found and terminated . I have found out one that his person was in a mental
    hospital last fall for trying to commit suicide. I have also found out that at the same time and day he left the last knife gouged note on my desk , he was speaking out loud in the office how he would rather kill himself than do my deliveries that I schedule for the company. I never had any problems with this person before but now I have cost him his job. I fear for my life and safety. I’m scared to go back. Am I protected and can I quit with good cause?

    1. Julia,

      I can understand your situation. If you feel unsafe at work under such circumstances, please speak to your employer again and with the Unemployment Office. Hope things get better soon!

  243. I work road construction and, through no fault of my own, can’t work occasionally due to weather conditions. I am still fully employed, full time. Recently, the weather conditions have made it impossible to work for 3-4 days at a time, dramatically affecting my ability to pay my bills. In claiming a week after my waiting week, I am being forced to fulfill work search requirements, even tho I am still employed and call/text every single shift. I only file if it has been a slow week during these lean times. Am I required to fulfill work search requirements during these weeks that I claim for benefits?

  244. I am getting laid off by my employer (through no fault of mine). My employer is in Washington and I live in Oregon. I meet the other eligibility requirements, but don’t know if I should file for unemployment in Washington, where my employer is, or in Oregon, where I live.

  245. I have been working a job that only allows 10-15 hours a week for 5 years. I recently started a second job that I was told I could work full time. I was never given a schedule,they would just tell me after my shift what day to come in next. The last day I worked they told me they would get a hold of me the following week to let me know what I would be working. When I didn’t receive a call I called them (Family ran business) the son told me his mother was off that day, so I asked if he could tell me my schedule. Oh, sure he said let me look, he then tells me his mother hasn’t made one, but would be in the next day. So I went in to get my schedule. She told me that they decided to hire their daughter (after 2 weeks of run around. I received one check from them before being told they were hiring their daughter and no other reason for letting me go. Am I eligible for UI even though I am working 10-15 hours at my other job.

  246. Hi,

    My claim is currently under review after a specific week of being denied. It was due to one absence with my part time employer, who I have never missed a shift for but unfortunately my grandmother passed away. I was very close to her so I wasn’t in my right mind. Please understand I did not want to lose my job. However I worked there once a week or some weeks I wasn’t even scheduled. In order to attend my grandmothers funeral I was not able to attend work nor did I realize I missed the shift until days later. I still applied for other places while I was grieving and did my regular claimings. I also now have been discharged from my part time employer and I never had any notice that I was let go. Would any one happen to have any insight on this. Will I lose my benefits? Thank you

    1. Kiley,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are generally not considered. Please call the Unemployment Office for further advice.

  247. I have been audited twice. The second time I went in the counselor suggested I apply for clerical or customer service positions. Both job titles pay less than half of what I currently made. I am applying for jobs in my field and willing to take a cut in pay. Why would I be steered toward jobs I am grossly overqualified for? I was just sent a request to attend a job fair for warehouse work 30 miles from home. It is bad enough I am not getting beyond the interview process but being asked to take a non living wage will make me homeless. Can I refuse to look for this kind of work?

    1. Jeanette,

      You can qualify to refuse work which does not match your education, background, and experience. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification and limitations.

  248. I am curious. I am limited in my ability to do my current job and there is no position I can do with my current employer. I have medical issues which have reduced my ability to do the work I have been doing the past 30 years. I can do other work but I am not able to continue here. If I leave this position, will I be able to draw unemployment while I look for other work that fits my medical condition?

    1. Jim,

      You may not be eligible for unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please contact the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  249. I have a medical marijuana card. I have recently been in a great deal of pain due to a pinched nerve and have been using marijuana in my time away from work to help the pain. If my employer gives me a drug screen and fail I will be fired. Am I eligible for benefits if this occurs?

    1. Jeremy,

      Yes, you can be eligible if your job was terminated despite you showing proof. Please ensure you keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute during the claims processing.

  250. I got fired due to a argument with Co worker.which i wasn’t argument I was just explaining myself.i have witness to prove that I wasn’t. am I eligible to receive employment?

    1. Andrew,

      If you have a witness and supporting paperwork to prove yourself, please consider applying and offer the witness in case of a dispute with your employer.

  251. Reinstatement Question: I am a Portland, Oregon resident – Initially laid off from OR employer 3 months ago and was receiving OR Unemployment until I started a new job based in Vancouver, WA. I did not relocate to WA. Two weeks into this new job I was laid off, at no fault of my own. Now I need to reinstate my unemployment. I had only claimed 13 out of the 26 weeks I was initially approved for…
    Will it be an issue to start up again in OR given that I worked in WA for two weeks?

    1. Daren,

      You should have no issues with that. Please call the Unemployment Office in OR for further details.

  252. I recently had a child. I been with my company 7 years. I recently had my first born and now I am unable to find child care. In addition i work 45 min away from where I live and I recently became car less. Do I qualify for unemployment.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  253. My employment was terminated after a misdemeanor arrest (nothing to due with my employment) which I have not been arraigned or indicted on. I have worked for 2+ years for this as company and plan to take this misdemeanor charge to trial if I need to because I am not guilty. Am I eligible for my UI benefits?

    1. Trish,

      I am not sure if you become eligible to claim UI benefits under such circumstances. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification and decide accordingly.

  254. childcare is limited in my area. I recently lost my current child care provider and all other centers are full or not accepting new applicants at this time. I am still currently employed however have not been able to work due to lack of child care. I have been with the company for 7 years. Would my situation qualify for UI?

    1. Maggie,

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  255. Recently relocated to California due to death of my father. Father was the breadwinner and left my mom in a dire financial situation. I voluntarily left my job since I was unable to work remotely from California. Opened up a claim, and said my case will be reviewed in 6-7 weeks. What is the probability of it being approved since its a special case? I didn’t want to leave my job, but had to do it since my mother needed me. She also suffers from medical issues as well.

    Thank you!

    1. Alex,

      I am sorry to hear about the loss. Hope life gets back to normal soon. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered since UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons.

  256. I was laid off a couple of weeks ago, and believe I’m eligible to receive UI in Oregon. However, I received a little bit of severance pay, so don’t think I need to receive any benefits until after the first of the year. Can I wait til then to apply? I was employed by the company for 13 years…I am and will be looking for a new job over the next couple of months, but not too hopeful of finding what I want.

    1. Mary,

      If the severance is being paid out over a period of time, please wait until the payout ends before applying for UI benefits. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office to confirm this approach.

  257. I just started my new job on the 16th of devcember. They close for the month of January. Am I able to collect unemployment?

    1. Kaylee,

      Temporary off from work might not let you collect. Please confirm with the Unemployment Office by calling them.

    1. Donna,

      Are you still employed? If you’re thinking of resigning voluntarily, you might not qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  258. Does Oregon have the “trailing spouse” provision? My husband will be leaving his position with an Oregon company to relocate with me to a different state. Neither one of us is in the military. Is he eligible for unemployment insurance while seeking a new position?

  259. can you file for unemployment once your workers comp. is completed and you are still are unable to return to work?

    1. Michael,

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification since benefits are only offered to claimants who are available for work.

  260. I’m going to be giving birth in November. I work part time. Is it possible to get unemployment during maternity leave/leave of absence?

    1. David,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  261. I am a substitute aide for my local school district. Since school is cancelled until further notice can I claim unemployment? I will not get paid (like teacher’s will be) so can I file?

    1. Holly,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official website.

    1. Ben,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state has activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official website.

  262. I had given notice with my previous employer and was due to start work with my new employer on 3/18/20 and was sent an email that they would be closed until further notice due to Corona. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? If so where do I go? I have attempted to call but the phone number is always busy.

    1. Dolores,

      You should be eligible. Please consider applying online, over the Unemployment Office’s website.

  263. After my 90 days of FMLA (medical leave for myself) expired, my employer granted an additional 90 days of leave under “personal leave of absence”. I have now recovered from surgery and am ready to return to work. My employer advised that I am welcome to apply for positions within the organization but I no longer have a full time position. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    1. June,

      Considering the pandemic and the government’s response to it, you might qualify. Please consider applying.

  264. I am an independent contractor (Entertainer). When filing, do I have to list each job by Date Name, Address, Phone Number and amount paid?

        1. Tiff,

          There will be a delay considering the sudden surge in the number of claimants. Please be patient and keep checking the status at regular intervals.

  265. I recently reopened an old claim on March 16th, but I only have one week of available funds. This claim expires July 2020. I worked and earned $3500 since I opened the initial claim. Can I open a new claim and will any funds be available?

    1. Rick,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official website.

  266. I’ve worked for over a year on a part time basis (averaging 20 hour/ week) in Oregon. Two weeks ago my hours were reduced to 8 hours/ week, due to the economic downturn. Am I eligible to receive UI, while remaining partially employed at this company?

  267. I filed for U.K. on March 18 I received an email saying my claim was processed. When I log onto the website it tells me I don’t have a claim. I have not received any other form of communication. I have tried on multiple occasions to call but get a busy signal! How am I to know if my claim has been processed? What if there is an error somewhere. Which
    Has to be the case! Because I have not received any form of communication other than one email two weeks ago!

    1. Stella,

      I hope your application has moved. If not, please keep in mind the surge in applications and make sure to check the claim status regularly.

    2. Everyone that was temporarily furloughed at my job have received their UI. Is there a reason mine has a delay? We have been off since April 5th. If so how much longer will it take?

      1. Sherry,

        There will an intermittent delay owing to the number of applications. Please be patient and make sure to check the status regularly.

  268. My daughter was working as a bartender in Portland, she was part if a lay off as the restaurant was closed due to covid. She filed mid march and each week has a 6 year old and her claim is still pending not one check. Why can you help get her claim processed?

    1. Kimberly,

      There will be a delay due to the massive number of applications. Please ask your daughter to continue checking the status regularly.

  269. Im going into the 7th week of filing. Governor Brown said to be patient. My patience is running out. I do hope that when I mget a job that I will never have to use this system that I have paid into for years.

    Now it is time that the Governor stepped up to take care of the people that put her into

  270. I filed my claim ending 4/18/2020 and it still says it’s being processed why is it still being processed? I have returned to work but the way the pay period is I won’t receive a check from my employer for a month, so I need to find out if I’m going to even receive the money or not. I’ve tried calling several times and a lady finely answered but she said she couldn’t help me because she didn’t have access to my information, she said someone will return my call.
    Also I thought there was no waiting week but I had a waiting week do I get a check for that the waiting week?

    1. Laurie,

      There will an intermittent delay owing to the number of applications. Please be patient and make sure to check the status regularly.

      1. My hours have been reduced by 30%. Using the benefit calculator, I still earn more with my reduced hours than my weekly unemployment benefits. Does that disqualify me from receiving benefits even if I’ve lost 30% of my income?

  271. Similar to many previous comments, I filed a claim (& was given a claim number) on April 1st, 2020. I received an E-mail reply stating that they had received my claim & that if any additional info was needed, I would be notified. 3.5 weeks later I went in to check my claim status & received the message that I had no claim! What???? I E-mailed asking what had happened to my claim & received a reply saying basically ‘we’re working on it’. May 6th I received a message from the State asking if my ‘issue had been resolved’. I replied ‘No’, please call or E-mail me with a status report. No answer, so I replied again a week later. Nothing from the State since May 6th. I’ve filed weekly claims every week & received a ‘your weekly filing has been successful message every week until now (it just went back to the main screen). Enough already – it’s May 18th, it’s time to get caught up. Please don’t reply to this with the generic ‘There will an intermittent delay owing to the number of applications. Please be patient and make sure to check the status regularly’, but instead give me a phone number, via E-mail if necessary, that I can call & get through to a real person to find out what is going on. PS: needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), I’ve called every phone number that I can find, hundreds of times, but the lines are always busy.

  272. Jacob am wondering whether I meet the eligibility for receiving unemployment benefits. I have just filed my 8th week and I have heard nothing in regard to approval just file says things are pending. Assume that they are. I know you have a great many people filing for unemployment and it truly looks like the restaurant industry is not going to be back for quite a while and in Ashland it will most likely be worse because of the theaters being closed down, but is there anyway to learn whether or not I have eligibility and when I could expect to see a check. As it is I did not put in for unemployment right away when all the shut down happened. I wanted to make sure my address and everything is in order as well. Thank you for your response

    1. Hello Sharon,

      I am hoping you’ve heard back from the Unemployment Office. If not, please continue chasing regularly until payments normalize. As you rightly pointed out, there will be a delay due to the large number of applications.

  273. I am trying to file an interstate claim between O.R. and N.C.. I can’t get through via phone since it is always busy. I sent an email out requesting assistance about 10 days ago to no prevail. How do I speak to someone?

    1. Daniel,

      Considering the surge in the applications, there might be a delay. Please try reaching out to the office during non-peak hours.

  274. I am on unemployment and have been offered a job that starts in mid to late July. The money is better than what I was making. If my previous employers calls me back to work, and if it I am offered less than what I was previously earning from them, do I have to accept? Will I lose my benefits if I turn down the position?

    1. Joseph,

      This is a tricky situation. The claimant is required to accept suitable job. However, there are certain exceptions. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  275. I filed a claim on 3/28 after being laid off due to COVID. I just started a job here in OR on 12/16/19, so I do not have a base year of wages, therefore I do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits. It took 8 week for me to find out that I did not qualify. I cannot reach anyone at unemployment. I am extremely frustrated as I have no answers and not receiving any benefits. It says an alternative base year can be used. What does that mean? I applied for the PUA, is this correct? I appreciate any help on this matter. I applied for the PUA, is this correct?

      1. I have also been waiting for 8 weeks and received an earnings report by mail on 4/24. I have filed every week with no issues until after filing on 4/23. Now each week I file after is labeled filed with a problem and I receive a correction form in the mail. I was also able to set up direct deposit and my bank confirmed there was an inquiry made on my account to determine activity. Is someone working on my claim? Can someone call me to let me know? Why hasn’t anyone contacted me directly?

        1. Megan,

          There will be an intermittent delay due to the no. of unemployment applications. Please be patient and continue chasing/checking status online at regular intervals.

  276. I was fired because I was sighted for a felony .I was not on the job”I was on my own time”,away from work ,and it had absolutely nothing to do with my job, work place or any clients. I have missed no work because of this. I have not been found guilty on this issue. I’m good at my job,and have no reprimands on my work record.Can I still receive UI benefits.

    1. Anthony,

      As long as you think it was not your fault and the action by your employer is not justified, please consider filing for UI benefits. Make sure to keep supporting docs handy in case of a dispute. Also note, you can file an “appeal”.

  277. I have chronic lung disease
    And was working in an office, my dr gave me a note due to covid it wasnt safe for me to work in office but wanted me to work from home as much as possible during the pandemic and not come to work.i just got release back to work,and was told my job no longer exists, but I can go into a different department different pay different hours.
    Am I forced to take this position or am I eligible for UI benefits while I look for another job similar to what I was doing?
    I was with this company for 16 years!

    1. I can understand your situation. You might be able to claim UI benefits based on your situation. Please consider applying.

  278. I was approved for Unemployment benefits in April, received benefits. However, now when I try to claim a week of benefits, it says “your social security number has been deleted”. I’ve tried calling (always busy), faxed and written – with no reply. This has been happening since May. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you

    1. Ruby,

      I hope you were able to get to the bottom of this. There will be a delay due to the number of pending applications/queries. Please wait and chase the office regularly.

  279. A friend and I are thinking of starting up our own business, but it will be a while before we will be bringing in enough money to even pay for start up cost. However, from what I read on the unemployment website, we would loose our benefits when we file for an LLC. Is this true?


    1. Natasha,

      That is perhaps correct since UI benefits are only offered to claimants who’re able to accept suitable employment opportunities. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office to find out how “self-employment” affects the ability to collect benefits.

  280. I filed, I was approved. I looked and it sAid paid by check for my first one and the second week said paid by relia card. I have no received anything in the mail from unemployment.i look again on Thursday and it said my first check was cancelled but my second one wasn’t. I don’t know what to do

    1. Jennifer,

      I hope you have received the payment now. If not, please check the status online/by calling the Unemployment Office.

  281. I qualify for unemployment but am ineligible. Apparently, I’ve earned enough during the base period to qualify, but since I work part time for the school district and my weekly income has been more than my weekly claim amount I am not eligible. Normally school employees do not qualify for UI. Now I cannot collect PUA which I need as I’ve lost most of my income (all of my gig worker income) due to covid 19. Any suggestions?

    1. Donald,

      There are a host of benefits available under the current circumstances. Please visit the Unemployment Office’s website for a breakup.

  282. my job called me to work next week due to someone leaving on vacation, they want me to work exactly 6 days from 9 am – 3:00pm and i earn 14 per hour.

    i have been receiving unemployment benefits. my question is how do i go about this? my job says i will continue to be unemployed after that 6 days, they just want to cover him while he is on vacation. what should i do since i usually file my weekly claims on Sunday, or what buttons/sections do i choose.

  283. Can I apply for both unemployment as well as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?

    Thanks, Michael

    1. Michael,

      You will be able to claim one after the other. Please visit the Unemployment Office website for details.

  284. I am a sales agent working for minimum wage + commission. I have not been terminated and am still working full time. However, my weekly pay has been cut in half due to the pandemic. I am not able to pay my bills and don’t want to search for a new job. I applied for unemployment and got a notice that my claim is invalid because I worked 40 hours. What national or Oregon program would help me reclaim some of my lost wages?

  285. I received confirmation of my application, I got a CID number,
    but did not see anywhere to get a PIN number, I have tried to file weekly claims, and without a PIN I can not do anything.

    1. Evelyn,

      Please check the documentation in detail. There should be info available on the PIN. You can also login to check online for PIN details.

  286. I got denied on my UI claim, I then applied for PUA. I was approved for minimum WBA. I have claimed for like 12 wks, not a one has been processed. My amount in my claim has remained $0.00. I have called the weekly line and my claims were accepted. I have called the WCL, and my claim was not accepted. I have called and the system didnt recognize my claim. I have called and the line and it was out of service, for hrs. Almost everytime I was directed to call their office, After not being successfull at that more than 2000 times, I’ve given up. I decided to try the online claims system. I get to 100%, but there is an error everytime after I submit. I recieved 1 letter stating I had a break in my claim. Filled out letter and sent it in. I then recieved my approval and a WBA. Ive gotten a letter every week for the last 3 weeks stating a break in my claim. I fill it out and send it in disputing the a break in my claim. Now all of a sudden I don’t have a valid claim. I have no funds, I’m standing in food box lines, my Son has out grown everything, I’m asking for hand me downs. My storage is over $600 and on the auction block on 7/24, again. I used $700 of my stimulas money to pay it the last time it went up for auction. I’m am so over the BS I hear on the news at night. Where is my CHECK?? I NEED MY MONEY NOW!!! ALL 12 WKS WORTH OF IT, NOT A PENNY LESS FOR THEIR SYSTEM FAILURES, NOT MINE..

    1. Kristina,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay due to the number of applications being processed. Please continue chasing the Unemployment Office regularly until payments normalize.

  287. Hello,
    My partner and I work for a restaurant that just opened back up. One of us has been hired back and one of us is still not offered work and thus, still temp unemployed. But due to the possibility of being hired back, we both have to offer up our availability as well as file for time off and get it approved. So, we put in a time off request for one week, Sat-Sat. This is for a family vaca. Our employer knows this and since we are both still able to file unemployment (one of us is still temp unemployed and the other has reduced hours), how do we file for that week? Do we just tell them on the weekly claim that we were gone for more than three days? If so, will this flag our application and put us in some weird limbo state? Because come the next week, one of us will be back at work and the other will still be on the temp laid off list. I hear there is a chance we will be out on the adjudication list and that is currently a 12 week wait. Please advise and thank you.

    1. John,

      This is a tricky situation. I suggest you speak to a Claims rep.for instructions in this regard.

  288. I filed for unemployment for the first time ever. Yesterday (07/17), I received a notice and form dated 07/15 indicating I had turned down an opportunity to work. (It was 17% of what I was earning 40 minutes away) It turned it down since it would not support my 5 children and I am actively interviewing for something in line with what my trade is, but those positions take time. My problem – I filled out the form and put it in the mailbox. The letter disappeared before the mail was picked up, leading me to believe we were a victim of mail theft. I do not have a copy of the form to send in and my 5 days are up Monday. All offices are closed until Monday. Is there a way to get a copy of the form or what is my best next step? Thank you.

  289. I’m currently receiving PUA benefits through Oregon. I’m going to be moving to Tennessee sometime in the future and will still be eligible for PUA benefits through Oregon. What is the process for interstate PUA claims? I understand that Oregon will continue paying as long as I still qualify, is that correct? I can’t find any specific info regarding moving states while on PUA unemployment, and of course the phones are not really an option. Especially since I received a email recently stating to please not call unless your claim hasn’t been started. I just want to make sure I don’t do anything wrong and I want to make sure I continue my PUA benefits after I move. Can you please help clear this up?

    1. Will,

      You can choose to move the claim to the new state of residence. For further info, please visit the website of the Unemployment Office in TN.

  290. I applied for PUA because I am self-employed and was working on-call for the county when the pandemic hit and my on call work ended as well as my self-employment. I’ve been filing my PUA claims, but got a VM from unemployment today that I qualify for regular unemployment. Is that true? I’m self-employed and was working on-call for the county. Thanks!

    1. Sarah,

      I suggest you check further on the Unemployment Office website. They would have made a determination based on what you’re eligible for.

  291. HI,
    Due to COVID my original job was no longer available, a sister company picked up me and my team. But now after working there for 3 months the sister company without consulting us is changing our shifts to the graveyard shifts. I have told them I do not have transportation to commute, I was within walking distance with my previous position at my original company. Also I am attending school, which will be difficult with the new change of shifts. This is after we’ve been told we should’ve been laid off weeks ago. Can I quit and still be eligible?

    1. Robert,

      UI benefits are only offered to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  292. We are a school and hire teachers based on yearly contracts. If we do not renew the contract of a teacher, is she/he eligible for unemployment? We did not renew a contract recently – no discipline or misconduct reasons – just not a great fit for the school.

    1. Kerrie,

      Contract workers are generally not eligible to collect since employers do not remit UI taxes into the system. Please check on the Unemployment Office website.

  293. letter i received says i need to send in proof of registration for my state, Washington. I dont know what that means and i cant get through to UI. does anyone know what they mean?

    1. Leesie,

      Please visit the FAQs section of the Unemployment Office website. You may also log in to your account online for details.

  294. If I quit a job because the company is not being compliant with Covid mask requirements do I first have to file a complaint with OSHA?
    If I file a complaint and the company is putting me a risk and I quit my job can I reopen my claim?

    1. Clara,

      Please raise a complaint first after which you can decide about the employment. UI benefits are extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons.

  295. I moved to Oregon and have established permanent residency in April and have worked two assignments through a temp agency. The last assignment I had issue with attendance due to child care for my infant son and I was released. Will I qualify for unemployment benefits?

    1. Laura,

      Temp. and contract workers are generally not eligible to claim UI benefits since employers don’t remit Unemployment Taxes. Please check with the Unemployment Office.

    1. Chinelo,

      Please note UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons.

  296. I work in the health industry. I was fired due to a misinterpretation of company policy. I attempted to borrow an unused item from one patient to give to another. I was totally unaware of the regulation. My question is: Can I still be eligible for unemployment benefits even though I was fired? Especially if I was acting on good faith with no malice intended.

  297. I was recently let go from my employer as part of a reorg. My PTO was cashed out in my final paycheck. They have offered a lump-sum severance package and agreed to cover COBRA expenses for 6 months. Can I still claim UI despite the severance package?
    Thank you.

    1. Yes Jason I just had a quick question I want to know why I’m showing checks still saying claimed being processed from way back in April There are weeks that are still being claimed processed not paid that I was already paid however there are weeks in sum months they did not pay it’s been 3 months and nothing has changed At all I said in 3 months it’s still saying being processed shouldn’t have already been put through or taken off shouldn’t they have already realised that they are claiming a processing weeks they’ve already paid and paid the weeks that they haven’t

  298. Ive been on unemployment since March as I was on Leave of Absence due to covid (down sizing) – I went back to work in Sept but then retired in Oct, rather than being involuntarily furloughed indefinitely. Can I start claiming unemployment again? Ive been looking for work, but with my health issues its difficult.

  299. I was furloughed March 2020 and used all weeks of my unemployment.plus 1 extention.that ended today can I file a new claim for unemployment

    1. Anna,

      Regret the delay in response. Please check for availability of extension in benefits and apply accordingly (on the website after you login).

  300. If i take a job that is 75 miles away from my home one way but then realize after 3 days that the pay wage is not high enough for both living and traveling expenses and I quit, why would I be told that wasn’t a good enough reason to refuse a job while on unemployment? I owe have to pay all the unemployment I received back. Can anyone help?

    1. Melodie,

      UI benefits are generally offered to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Having said this, there can be exceptions. Please consider filing.

  301. 03-19-2019 that’s the weekend i gave in and decided to ask for help and received nothing but excuses and i have the paper work the letters the ridiculous emails the steps you wanted me to take i have it all and proof Ive done nothing but get played by my own state.
    it was not in till three or so months ago i found out i had snap benefits when I got the letter that stated that if i don’t use it id loose it; so thank you for doing the most for helping and human being like you. I work i like to work, how ever what i dont like is asking for help.
    And if you dont know why hopefully my little rant helped out a bit, consider it the tip of the ice berg of problems im trying to solve whilst a deadly virus surrounds us all and employers who cant open or hire people like before because of health and regulations, in the end we all lose, it isn’t right I understand the high demand of claims and your employees are over whelmed and in need of help . hire us give us opportunity’s to help yawl so we can help the family’s or single parents and or just individuals like me who have the only thing in life is work something to distract us that life is shitty right now, ill even volunteer. I must apologies for any disrespect you or any one that is reading this right now. i mean no disregard just frustrated and under quite the amount of stress.
    Thank you for your time
    Respectfully yours,
    Zack Doodnath

  302. I have been put on administration leave since January, now had a meeting with ODOT for non-payment leave, if they do this am I eligible for unemployment ? I am not sure what to do. I been on the job for over 15 years. too soon to retire.

  303. I have a tricky situation. I live and work in Oregon I rent a room and my landlord is going to put his house on the market I will be in voluntary displaced. I have Been at my job for about seven years never had any issues but my family lives over an hour away…. since I will be displaced I will have to go stay with family until I can get on my feet….. my current vehicle it’s not reliable enough to make the one and a half hour drive each day x2
    Once my landlord sells his house and I have to leave my job will I be eligible for unemployment until I find a job in my new town in Oregon ?

  304. My spouse has accepted a job in Washington state near Olympia. This in not a commutable distance. We will be relocating for his new job in January.
    I have been employed at my current job for over 3 years. Is it possible to qualify for trailing spouse benefits when I resign from my current position? Given the cost of living in the Oregon metro area, maintaining two households is not financially feasible.

  305. I work for a mortgage company. Our corporate office told our different branches (per the branch manager) that if an individual did not produce a loan within the past 60 days, they either need to be let go, or receive a minimum of hourly wages. We have two options for pay currently, we can take a draw on future commissions and be paid hourly, or we can choose not to take a draw and receive commissions only when a loan closes.
    When mentioning that this would possibly open the corporate office to unemployment claims the manager said well that’s on them. I guess it was brought up in a manager meeting with corporate and corporate told them that those employees would not be eligible for unemployment because they hadn’t closed a loan in the past 60 days.
    Now to put this in perspective, it’s a bit frustrating because I have a loan anticipated to close by months end, but it has been delayed previously due to the client having things come up in their lives.

    Would a person in this scenario qualify for benefits?

  306. My husband had a stroke and I may have to take time off work to take care of him when he gets home. Will I qualify for unemployment?

  307. My companies handbook requested 30 days notice for managers to resign their position. Once I put in my 30 day notice I was told by my bosses boss “my last day” would be 14 days from my resignation not 30. Will this make me elidable for unemployment?

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