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Unemployment Benefit Extensions
EUC Details
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a Federal extension provided by Congress.  The first payable week for EUC was the week of July 6 - 12, 2008. 
 
EUC Qualifications: 
  • Your base year wages must equal or exceed 40 times your weekly benefit amount. 
    (If your claim pays 26 weeks of benefits, you have met this qualification.) 
  • Your most recent claim must have exhausted regular benefits or be expired. 
    If exhausted, your regular claim must exhaust with the payment for the week of December 15 - 21, 2013 or before.  If expired, your claim must have expired May 1, 2007 or later. 
  • You can’t be eligible for unemployment benefits on a new claim, or a claim in another state or Canada. 
  • Your application must be filed no later than January 4, 2014, and be effective for the week of December 22 - 28, 2013 or earlier. 
 
The EUC program is broken down into three tiers.  The maximum number of weeks available in each tier is shown in the chart below. 

To apply for EUC Tier 1:
You must call your Unemployment Insurance Center:
 
Portland Metro                         - 503-451-2400 or 1-877-345-3484
Eugene                                     - 541-686-7800 or 1-877-345-3484
Bend                                        - 541-388-6207 or 1-877-345-3484
 
If you live outside of Oregon, call 1-877-345-3484.
When you call, be prepared to provide the following information:
  • Your current address and phone number,
  • Your work history since you last claimed benefits,
    (be prepared to provide employer names, addresses and dates of employment.)
  • If you worked out of state in the last 18 months,
    (be prepared to provide employer names, addresses and dates of employment.)
 
Also, you will be asked if you have:
  • filed for unemployment benefits against another state since you last claimed Oregon benefits,
  • changed bank accounts which could affect your direct deposit,  Or, kept your ReliaCard.
EUC Tiers 2 and 3 are added to your claim automatically once you exhaust the previous tier, respectively.  You do not need to apply for EUC Tiers 2 or 3. 
 
Additional tiers of EUC will not be added to any EUC claim exhausting with payment for the week ending December 28, 2013 or later. 
 
The last payable week for the EUC program is the week of December 22 - 28, 2013, therefore your benefits could stop before you receive the maximum benefit amount of your EUC claim.  
 

 
Extended Benefits Details
The Extended Benefits program ended with payment for the week ending April 7, 2012.  No payments will be made for weeks beginning April 8, 2012 and later, even if you have a remaining balance on your Extended Benefits claim.
 
Extended Benefits (also known as EB, High EB, or HEB) is an unemployment extension paid for by both state and federal funds.  Oregon triggered into an EB period effective December 7, 2008.  EB provides up to 20 weeks or 80% of your regular claim’s maximum benefit amount, which ever is less.

EB is precluded by any EUC benefit eligibility.  In other words, EB cannot be paid until you exhaust all regular and EUC benefits. EB is a claim of last resort.   
                                             
EB Qualifications: 
  • Your base year wages must equal or exceed 40 times your weekly benefit amount. 
  • Your most recent claim must have exhausted regular benefits, or be expired. 
  • Your claim must have an expiration date of May 5, 2007 or later.
  • You can’t be eligible for EUC, unemployment benefits on a new claim, or in another state or Canada.

Applying for EB
 
To apply for EB, you must call your Unemployment Insurance Center:

Portland Metro                         - 503-451-2400 or 1-877-345-3484
Eugene                                     - 541-686-7800 or 1-877-345-3484
Bend                                        - 541-388-6207 or 1-877-345-3484
 
If you live outside of Oregon, call 1-877-345-3484.
 
When you call, be prepared to provide the following information:
  • Your current address and phone number,
  • Your work history since you last claimed benefits,
    (be prepared to provide employer names, addresses and dates of employment.)
  • Have you worked out of state in the last 18 months?
    (be prepared to provide employer names, addresses and dates of employment.)
 
Also, you will be asked if you have:
  • filed for unemployment benefits against another state since you last claimed Oregon benefits?
  • changed bank accounts which could affect your direct deposit? Or, did you keep your ReliaCard?
  • a definite date to return to work.  If yes, be prepared to provide the employer name and phone number. 
 
Note:  EB laws expand the work search and availability requirements.  When you apply for EB, the claims taker will review your prospects for work and give you a work search plan.  If your prospects for work are not good, you will be required to seek and accept any work you are capable of performing that pays a gross weekly wage over your weekly benefit amount and pays at least Oregon's legal minimum wage.  In addition, if you do not seek work for any reason during any week you claim, you will be denied benefits until you have worked in four weeks and earned four times the weekly benefit amount of your claim.  These requirements apply even if you are attached to a union.

 
EUC & EB Duration & Deadlines

The chart below shows a breakdown of the filing deadlines for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB). 

 

 

UI Benefits​ Filing Deadline​
Filed Before April 7, 2012​ Filed April 8 through May 26, 2012​ Filed May 27 through September 1, 2012​ Filed after September 1, 2012​
​Regular UI Claim Up to 26 weeks​ Up to 26 Weeks​ Up to 26 Weeks​ Up to 26 Weeks​ No Filing Deadline​
​EUC Tier 1 Up to 20 Weeks​ Up to 20 Weeks​ Up to 20 Weeks​ Up to 14 Weeks​ December 22, 2013​
​EUC Tier 2 Up to 14 Weeks​ ​Up to 14 Weeks Up to 14 Weeks​ Up to 14 Weeks​ December 22, 2013​
​EUC Tier 3 Up to 13 Weeks​ ​Up to 13 Weeks ​Up to 13 Weeks Up to 9 Weeks​ December 22, 2013​
​EUC Tier 4 Up to 6 Weeks​ Up to 16 Weeks​ Up to 6 Weeks through June 30, 2012 then zero weeks​ N/A **​ June 30, 2012​
​EB Up to 20 Weeks​ N/A​ N/A​ N/A​ April 7, 2012​
 
*Individuals already receiving EUC Tier 1 or Tier 3 benefits before September 1 will not have their claims reduced to the lower amount. 
 
** No new EUC tier 4 claims can be filed effective after June 30, 2012.  Individuals receiving EUC tier 4 as of that date will still be eligible to claim the remainder of their EUC tier 4 balance.  
 
*** The last payable week under the EB program is the week ending April 7, 2012, even if you have a remaining balance on your claim.   
 
The last payable week for all EUC benefits is the week ending December 28, 2013, even if you have a remaining balance on your claim.

 

 
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What happens when I run out of regular benefits?

If you are eligible for an extension, we will send you a letter advising you how to file for the extension.  If your claim expires while you are receiving regular benefits, you may qualify for a new claim.  If not, then you may qualify for one of the extensions listed above. 

If you exhaust benefits for all the extensions available to you, then your only option is to qualify for a new claim. 

2.  How will I know if I qualify for further benefits? 

When you exhaust your benefits or another extension occurs which you may qualify for, we will notify you by mail.  Please keep us informed of your current address.  You can update your address in our online claim system. 

3.  I was on an extension and was told I qualify for a new claim.  The weekly benefit amount is lower than my extension.  Can I stay on the Extension?
 
Possibly.  New language added to the EUC legislation passed in July, 2010, allows individuals under certain circumstances to continue receiving EUC, rather than benefits under a new claim.  This piece of the legislation only affects claims that expire with the week ending July 24, 2010 or later.  UI Center staff will review your eligibility at the time you are required to file a new claim.   

4.  Can I apply for an extension before my benefits exhaust? 

No.  If you have regular benefits remaining, you must use those first, or have an expired claim, before an extension can be filed. 

5. Can I call now to find out if I may be eligible for an extension in the future?

No.  The extensions available start and end at various times.  This is determined either through the legislation that created the extension, or by a reduction in the unemployment rate.  We cannot determine your future eligibility until you either exhaust your current eligibility or your claim expires.

6.  Is there a possibility of more extensions?

Congress or the Oregon legislature can enact legislation to create further extensions.  If another extension occurs after you exhaust your benefits, we will notify you by mail if you qualify.  Please keep us informed of your current address.  You can update your address in our online claim system.