Claimant Handbook

 Work and Earnings Reporting

If you are working part-time and earn less than your weekly benefit amount, you may be eligible to receive benefits. You must also continue to seek, and be willing to accept permanent, temporary, full-time, and part-time work during each week you continue to claim.

You must report all work and gross earnings for the week in which you worked, even if you haven't been paid yet.

Gross earnings are your earnings before taxes or any other deductions have been taken out. Failure to report all work and earnings correctly, including part-time or temporary work, could result in overpayments and penalties. (See Fraud)

You must report all work and earnings when claiming benefits. You must report any payments you receive in exchange for any services you provide or products you sell. This includes:

  • Gross earnings
  • Cash
  • Non-cash payments such as room and board
  • Tips, bonuses, stand-by pay, sick pay and
  • Vacation and holiday pay if you are returning to work with this employer

Call the UI Center if you have questions about what to report or how to report cash and non-cash earnings. You don't need to report weekend National Guard or Reserve Military drill pay, jury duty pay, severance pay or separation pay.

Yes. You must report all vacation and holiday pay. If you have a question about reporting your hours and gross earnings, call the UI Center immediately.

You report your earnings when you file your weekly claim. Keep track of your hours and earnings for each week. Report your gross earnings for the week you perform the work, not the week you are paid.

You can now earn up to $300 without seeing any change to your benefit. See below for more information on "Working While Claiming" updates. To qualify, you cannot:

  • Earn more than your weekly benefit amount, or
  • Work more than 39 hours. 

Any amount earned over $300 will be reduced from their weekly benefit, dollar-for-dollar.

Example 1: If you have $150 in gross earnings and your benefit is $151, you will receive your full benefit amount.

Why: You made less in gross earnings than your benefit amount.

Example 2: If you have $151 in gross earnings and your benefit is $151, you will not receive benefits that week.

Why: You earned the same amount as your benefit amount.

Example 3: If you have $225 in gross earnings and your benefit is $300, you will receive your full benefit amount.

Why: Your gross earnings are less than your weekly benefit limit of $300.

Example 4: If you have $300 in gross earnings and your benefit amount is $500, you will receive your full benefit amount.

Why: Your $300 in gross earnings is less than your weekly benefit amount AND you do not exceed the $300 limit for gross earnings.

Example 5: If you have $325 in gross earnings and your benefit amount is $500, you will receive $475 in benefits.

Why: Your gross earnings are higher than the $300 limit created by SB 1701. After you pass $300 in weekly earnings, your benefit amount is reduced dollar-for-dollar for any amount over $300. Since your earnings are $25 over the $300 limit, your benefit amount will be reduced
by $25.

NOTE: Even if your gross earnings for the week are less then your weekly benefit amount, you must report your gross earnings when you claim the week. (See Fraud)

When you return to full-time work or earn more than your weekly benefit amount, simply stop claiming. If you begin to work during a week you are claiming, be sure to report your gross earnings, even if you haven't been paid yet.

Updates to “Working While Claiming"

The Oregon State Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1701, which changes the earnings threshold for people receiving unemployment benefits. This change allows you to work and earn more each week before your weekly benefit amount (WBA) is reduced.

You can now earn up to $300 without seeing any change to your benefit. To qualify, you cannot:

  • Earn an amount equal to or exceeding $300 (plus your weekly benefit amount), or
  • Work 40 hours or more in the week.

​You may earn up to $300 or one-third of your weekly benefit amount (whichever is more) before your benefits are affected. Any earnings above that amount will reduce your benefit payment dollar for dollar. You MUST report all earnings each week you claim benefits. (See Fraud)

You won't receive benefits if your gross earnings for a week equal or exceed $300 (plus your weekly benefit amount) or you work 40 hours or more during the week claimed.

REPORT ALL EARNINGS: Even if your gross earnings for the week are less than your weekly benefit amount, you must report your gross earnings when you claim the week.

Willfully misreporting your work and earnings to obtain benefits is Fraud​


Yes. This applies to all our benefit programs, including regular Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Extended Benefits (EB).​

​Any amount earned over $300 will be reduced from your weekly benefit, dollar-for-dollar.

  • Example 1: If you have $150 in gross earnings and your benefit is $151, you will receive your full benefit amount.

Explanation: Your gross earnings are less than your $151 benefit amount and under the $300 allowed in earnings.

  • Example 2: If you have $151 in gross earnings and your benefit is $151, you will receive your full benefit amount.

Explanation: You earned less than the allowed $300 in gross earnings.

  • Example 3: If you have $230 in gross earnings and your benefit is $220, you will receive your full benefit amount.

Explanation: Your gross earnings are less than the allowed $300 in gross earnings.

  • Example 4: If you have $500 in gross earnings and your benefit amount is $600, you will receive $400.

Explanation: Your gross earnings are higher than the $300 limit. After you pass the $300 in weekly earnings, your benefit amount is reduced dollar-for-dollar for any amount over $300. Since your earnings are $200 over the $300 limit, your benefit amount is reduced by $200.

  • Example 5: If you have $325 in gross earnings and your benefit amount is $500, you will receive $475 in benefits.

Explanation: Your gross earnings are higher than the $300 limit. After you pass $300 in weekly earnings, your benefit amount is reduced dollar-for-dollar for any amount over $300. Since your earnings are $25 over the $300 limit, your benefit amount will be reduced by $25.

  • Example 6: If you have $625 in gross earnings and your benefit amount is $305, you will not receive benefits.

​Explanation: Your gross earnings are higher than the $300 limit. After you pass $300 in weekly earnings, your benefit amount is reduced dollar-for-dollar for any amount over $300 until you hit your weekly benefit amount. Since your earnings are $325 over the $300 limit and your weekly benefit amount is $305, after a dollar for dollar deduction it exceeds your weekly benefit amount. 

​We will automatically make the adjustment for you. You do not need to call us.

​Being able to earn up to $300 prior to any deductions in your weekly benefit amount went into effect on Sept. 6, 2020 and is effective through Jan. 1, 2022.

The change to the definition of 'unemployed,' which allows you to earn over your weekly benefit amount is effective from May 23, 2021 through Jan. 1, 2022.​

​No, you do not need to do anything to increase your benefit amount. If you were paid benefits before we updated our programming in September 2020, we adjusted your claim and issued payments for the correct weekly benefit by your normal payment method.

If you were denied benefits because you made more than your weekly benefit amount and you are working less than full-time, you can now earn up to $300 a week before your weekly UI benefit will be reduced.​ This change cannot be applied to any weeks before the provision became effective on May 23, 2021. You will not be able to claim previous weeks or be paid for prior weeks under this new provision.​

​No, we changed our programming to calculate your correct weekly benefit amount (WBA) based on the gross earnings you report on your weekly certification. ​

​​If you made a mistake when you reported your earnings, you can call us at 877-345-3484 for regular UI or 833-410-1004 for PUA and we will fix it.  The quickest way to correct your earnings is to submit your request through our Contact Us form and let us know what the correct earnings are. ​

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