Work Share

Working Together to Support Employment

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Call Work Share at 503-947-1800, option 4​

In 1983, Work Share was created in Oregon in an effort for b​usinesses to avoid layoffs, retain talent during a temporary decline in business, and continually provide reduced wages plus unemployment benefits to subsidize the reduction in wages. Currently, there are over 1,700 active employers utilizing Work Share in Oregon to avoid wide scale layoffs. ​
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  • Three or more employees to participate
  • Six months fulltime or 12 months part time
  • Labor hours and wages​ are reduced 20-40%
  • Employees must b​e fully available to work

​For more information about the Work Share program, please call 503-947-1800

Employer Update: 

"Frances*," the Oregon Employment Department's new, modernized system, is coming in September 2022!

Frances Online will support both Unemployment Insurance and Paid Leave Oregon, the new Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Beginning with the third quarter filing in 2022, Frances Online will replace the Oregon Payroll Reporting System (OPRS) and the Employer Account Access (EAA) portal. The system will start supporting Paid Leave Oregon contributions in the first quarter of 2023.

Frances Online will support combined payroll reporting; including Unemployment Insurance tax, Workers' Benefit Fund (WBF), State Withholding Tax, Lane and TriMet Transit taxes, and beginning in the first quarter of 2023, Statewide Transit Tax (STT) and Paid Leave contributions. In Frances Online, you will have more options for account access and filing your payroll reports as well as many new features, including assistance from a chat bot, secure messaging, viewable letters, and integration of employer tax rates.

To learn more, visit and click on the “Modernization" link at the top of the page. Subscribe for updates about our project!

*The new system is named in honor of Frances Perkins, the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 – 1945 and the first woman to serve in a Presidential cabinet.​