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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 15, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Oregon, we recommend that you visit the state’s COVID-19 Resources website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Work Share Oregon for Employers

The Work Share program allows employees to receive a portion of the unemployment benefits to which they would be entitled if laid off while still working reduced hours. Employers who apply for the program may divide available work among a group of employees in lieu of a layoff. Eligible staff whose hours and wages are reduced receive a portion of their regular unemployment insurance benefits to compensate for lost wages. Employees may receive up to 25 weeks of benefits.

Government or Lead Agency

Oregon Employment Department

Dates Available

Available now.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

The employer must apply for the program on behalf of employees. The employer must select three or more employees with reduced work hours to participate. The employer must state work hours and wages will be cut at least 20% but no more than 40% per week, of a normal work week that is 40 hours or less. Each employee must have worked full-time for six months, or part-time for 12 months, just before the employer’s Work Share plan was submitted.

For full eligibility requirements, click here.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

Phone: 503-947-1800

Toll Free: (800) 436-6191

Email: Work Share Program

List of Additional Information

For more information, click here.

For application materials, click here.

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