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Unemployment Insurance Rule Changes
Several Rule Changes on the Table for Unemployment
9/19/2013
The Oregon Employment Department is considering several rule changes designed to improve the unemployment insurance process for employers and individuals.

The department will hold a public hearing regarding the rule changes on Thursday, October 25, 2013.  The hearing will be held in the Employment Department Auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon at 2:30 pm.

The hearing is open to anyone, and testimony regarding the proposed rule changes is encouraged.  If you are unable to attend the hearing, but would like to provide written testimony, you can do so by e-mailing the Employment Department Rules Coordinator at rules.emp@state.or.us.

Rule changes the department is considering include:
•    Changes to the “actively seeking work” provisions of unemployment insurance eligibility for offshore workers and incarcerated individuals.
•    Changes to the initial claim and continued claim processes for backdating and deadlines for filing.
•    Changes to the state fraud penalty.
•    Changes to the waiver of recovery process for overpayments that are not the fault of the claimant.
•    Implementation of the Treasury Offset Program that allows for the capture of federal income tax returns to pay back fraudulently-collected benefits.
•    Implementation of employer penalties for misrepresentation and establishing a pattern of failing to respond in a timely manner to agency requests for information.
•     Changes for interstate overpayment recovery.
•    Changes to the rule for failure to report employer payroll taxes and modifications of the good cause definitions for failure to report.
•    Defining approved standard fees to be charged to individuals for representation for unemployment insurance matters.

Anyone interested in viewing the entire text of the proposed rule changes may do so on the department’s website at the following link: www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/LEG/Pages/oed_pending_rules.aspx