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Work Share

Since 1983, the Work Share program has helped more than 2,300 Oregon businesses avoid laying off more than 100,000 employees. Read below for some quotes from businesses that have benefitted from the program, or download the program infographic for a detailed look at the program.

“The Workshare program helped to support our goal to keep our team connected and compensated in a flexible way as we continued to respond to the changing restaurant industry landscape due to COVID 19 restrictions.” 
​​​​​​​​- Gillian Duff, ​​​​​​​​​El Gaucho of Portland ​

"Oregon Workshare has been so amazing for our company! It has allowed us to keep all our staff employed during covid which would have been difficult otherwise. We have a great staff and would hate to lose anyone. Thank you Oregon for offering such a wonderful solution to keep everyone employed and companies running."
                                         ​​​​- Kelly Bohls, Sandstrom Partners

“It's so easy to use. You check off a couple boxes on a one-page form and scan it to the labor department. The lack of red tape is reassuring for everyone.”
-Lisa Maxim, a human resources manager at Oregon Aero Inc.

“Sheldon Manufacturing has relied on Workshare primarily for employee retention.  In many ca​​ses, we have employees who have been here for over 10, 15 or 20 years.  They pos​​sess a tremendous amount of experience and skill that would be very difficult to replace if they were to leave.  Workshare enables these employees to work part time during periodic slowdowns, and still receive benefits for the part time missed.  Sheldon Manufacturing benefits by retaining these employees on its workforce.

                                          -Patrick Boileau, Sheldon Manufacturing

“We were able to keep trained, key employees during slow times rather than having to lay them off. This made us much more productive when orders picked up, than if we were to hire new, untrained employees.”

                                                           -Robin Drinkwater, Encore Ceramics

“…We live in an ever-changing employment environment where the things that worked 50 years ago may need changing or updating in order to stay relevant in t​oday's world. The Oregon Employment Department's decision to implement new programs with new ideas and ways of doing things like:

    1.  Work Share
    2. Training Assistance (TUI)
    3. Self-Employment Assistance
    4. On-the-Job Training (OJT) / Apprenticeship Program

The program shows a commitment to improvement and change that I wish we saw in all government agencies!”

                                                                                           -Matt VanSooy, Webformix

“I absolutely appreciate this (Work Share) program. I tell everybody I know about it!”

                                                       -Teresa Conger, Mac’s Radiator

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Get in Touch.

Program Specialists are here for you five days a week, 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday for confidential support.

Use the Contact us Form below to submit your program application, a requested document, or to contact us with questions about your plan or your claim as an employee. 

  Contact Us Form ​

Phone: (503)-947-1800
Toll Free: (800)-436-6191

Oregon Employment Department
PO Box 14518
Salem, OR 97309