For each week that you claim, you must be:
- Physically and mentally able to work,
- Available for work, and
- Actively seeking work.
To be available you must:
- Accept full-time, part-time and temporary work,
- Be willing and able to work all of the days and hours normal for
the type of work you’re seeking,
- Accept the normal rate of pay for that type of work, and
- Be willing and able to commute a reasonable distance for the type
of work sought.
You’re required to report when you aren’t available for work when
any condition exists that prevents you from working, accepting work or seeking
work. This may include travel, illness, injury, incarceration, school
attendance, self-employment, and the loss of childcare or transportation.
are randomly selected for audits each week. Auditors verify everything that
affects your eligibility including work search, base year wages, reason for job
separation, school attendance, incarceration, and earnings during any weeks
can still claim a week of benefits if you leave the area where you live, but
your claim will be stopped while we gather information about your travel.
Leaving town for a day or two will not usually stop your benefits unless you
miss any work.
Training or school attendance may interfere with
your availability for work. You must report any school attendance or training
to the UI Center. This includes any unpaid training required by an employer.
Failure to report training or school attendance could result in an overpayment
and penalties. (See Fraud)
If you’re in school and are interested in the Training
Unemployment Insurance program, please see Training
Unemployment Insurance (TUI).
Your involvement in self-employment may interfere
with your availability for work. You must report any self-employment activities
to the UI Center, even if you don’t have earnings from your self-employment.
Failure to report your self-employment activities could result in an
overpayment and penalties. (See Fraud)
If you’re interested in starting your own business, please see Self Employment
you claim benefits during any week you were incarcerated or jailed you must
report on your weekly claim that you were not available for work. Your claim
will be stopped while we gather information. Failure to report your
incarceration or jail time could result in an overpayment and penalties. We
receive a weekly report from Oregon jails and match it to claim records. (See Fraud)
A key piece of your re-employment includes
contacting employers who hire people with your experience, training and skills.
Unless otherwise advised in writing by an Employment Department representative,
you must continue seeking work each week that you claim benefits, even if
you’re working part-time.
You must complete at least five work seeking
activities for each week that you claim benefits. Work seeking activities
include, but are not limited to:
- Attending job placement meetings or workshops (including
WorkSource Oregon sponsored activities)
- Updating your resume
- Reviewing job placement websites or newspapers without responding
to a job posting
- Making direct contact with an employer
At least two of the five work seeking activities you complete
each week must be direct contact with employers. This means contacting them in
person, by phone, by mail, or electronically to inquire about and/or apply for
When you file for weekly benefits your report of work seeking
activities must include:
- Date of contact
- Company name, phone number and address, or online job posting ID
- Person contacted (if applicable)
- Type of work or position applied for
- How contact was made (phone, resume, online application, email,
- Results of your contact (hired, not hired, interview, no response,
When reporting work search activities, include:
- The date you completed the activity, and
- A description of the activity completed
An Employment Search Record form is available online under Forms
at the top of the page.
You’re not required to use this form, but you’re required to keep
records of your weekly work search efforts and report those activities when
making weekly claim reports.
Failure to provide this information when filing for weekly
benefits may result in a denial of benefits and possible overpayments and
penalties. (See Fraud)
You are considered temporarily laid off if:
- At the time of layoff you were given a date to return to work by
your employer, and
- The work you’re returning to is full time or pays at least your
weekly benefit amount, and
- Your return to work date is WITHIN FOUR WEEKS from when you were
If you’re temporarily laid off, you’re actively seeking work if
you stay in touch with your employer. If your return to full-time work is
delayed, you must call the UI Center and begin seeking other work immediately.
You are actively seeking work if;
- You’re a member in good standing with your union, and
- Your union doesn’t allow you to seek non-union work within your
- You’re required by your union to get all of your work for your
usual occupation through your union, and
- You’re capable of accepting and reporting for work when dispatched
by the union
If you’re a member of a union
and don’t meet the above, you must actively seek work by contacting employers
(see What are my work search requirements?).
You may be required to register for work in our
iMatchSkills system and visit your local WorkSource Center to complete
enrollment activities (the welcome process). After completing your claim
application, you will receive a letter advising you how to register. Your
benefits may be denied if not completed. You’re exempt from this requirement if
you meet the requirements of being temporarily laid off (see TLO) or are a
member of a union that does not allow you to seek non-union work within your
trade. You can register with WorkSource Center online.
If you don’t have Internet access, you can register at your local
WorkSource Center. You can’t register or enter your iMatchSkills information by
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