COVID-19: HSD WORKSHARE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

  • October 26, 2020   Updates will be published regularly as new information becomes available. Click question to expand, click again to hide.

Overview

  • What is the Oregon Work Share program?

Participation

  • What if I get email or questions on a day or time that I am furloughed (i.e., Friday)?

  • Who is eligible to receive unemployment compensation through the Oregon Work Share program?

  • I am authorized through visa (H1-B, J1), green card, DACA status. Am I eligible for CARES Act fund?

  • Should I be worried that the State gets overwhelmed and my checks from them are delayed as a result?

  • I have a second job. Will this affect my payment amount through Work Share?

  • I/my partner make too much to receive the $1,200 federal stimulus payment. Will I still be eligible?

  • How much will I earn through Work Share and the CARES Act?

Submission Process

  • Do I have to look for other work or turn in additional forms on an ongoing basis?

  • Do I have to apply separately for the federal CARES amount once its approved by legislature?

  • I received a letter in the mail or an email from OED indicating my claim was approved or denied. What do I do with this?

  • I didn’t receive a notice from OED. Should I be worried?

  • I submitted my Initial Claim Form, can I change my tax withholdings now?

  • Is the time a person spends in Work Share counted against their unemployment benefit amount if they were to be fully laid off in the future?

  • How do I report a change of address?

  • I received a letter from the Oregon Employment Department that said I am not eligible for a benefit payment. Will HSD reimburse me for my lost wages?

  • I have not received any correspondence from OED; is this normal?

  • I received a letter stating there is a WAITING PERIOD for benefits; is this true?

  • I am receiving lots of letters from OED and I am confused about what they mean and what I need to do with them?

Payments

  • How will I receive payments through the Work Share Program and CARES Act?

  • Are the payments taxed?

  • Can the state hold payment if I am behind on state income tax, child support, alimony etc.?

  • Will the payments come with my HSD wage payments or will it be a separate payment?

  • How is full-time and part-time defined?

  • Is there a one-week waiting period before receiving unemployment benefits?

  • Can you post an example of the 20% hours reduction resulting unemployment and CARES Act payments?

  • When will I receive my unemployment benefits & CARES Act payment?

  • Can you explain the amount of benefit payment I received?

  • I submitted my form for direct deposit. When will direct deposit begin?

  • When will the next check come?

  • Will I get a notice each time OED/Work Share sends a benefit payment?

  • Why did I get two different checks?

  • Since the Governor eliminated the waiting week, when will I get paid for the first week?

  • My unemployment benefit was smaller than anticipated.

  • Am I the only person that hasn’t received any checks from OED yet?

  • How can I be sure that enough taxes are taken out of my unemployment benefits?

  • I signed up for direct deposits, why am I getting a ReliaCard?

  • I received my ReliaCard, now what do I do?

  • Will my next payment include all the back dated payments or will the payments be sent separately?

  • Am I the only person that hasn’t received any checks from OED yet?

Benefits

  • Will this have any impact on my health benefits?

  • What if I will be receiving retirement pay within the next 12 months?

  • What if I am currently receiving retirement pay?

  • What if I am receiving Social Security?

Workload, Schedule & Leaves of Absence

  • Do I get to choose when my hours will be reduced?

  • What are the work expectations while I am working a reduced schedule?

  • What if I’m on a leave for a COVID-related situation?

  • If I am required to participate in Jury Duty, am I still eligible for the Work Share program?

Other

  • Will these unemployment payments for reduced hours make the state budget situation worse?

  • When will the pay for the furlough days be deducted from my paycheck?

  • I have a second job, or am self-employed, or I’m receiving retirement pay. I have additional, taxable income from a source other than HSD during a Work Share week that I qualified for. How do I report that additional income?

  • My name is wrong on the form I received from OED – should I call them?