This is a temporary maintenance notice to advise employers: The SIDES system software is being upgraded on March 23, 2022 and the system will be down for most of the day.
We are no longer using the employer mass reporting form. Please note, if your employee does not have an open claim, they will need to file their own initial claim. They can do so online at www.oregon.gov/employ or by calling 877-345-3484. If you have a question, please reach out to us via our Contact Us form at oedcontactus.oregon.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new.
If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, you and your employees may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Here are some key things to know:
If your business is reopening, check out this list of frequently asked questions. Below is information to help you navigate this uncertain time for you and your employees.
- Your business may qualify for Work Share. This program is an alternative to laying off your employees. It lets you keep skilled employees during slow times by reducing work hours. Find out if your business qualifies for the Work Share program and read a list of frequently asked questions.
- If an employer is unable to pay their unemployment insurance taxes fully for the first quarter of 2020 (for which the statutory deadline for payments was April 30, 2020) because of COVID-19 related factors, the Oregon Employment Department is offering relief to any business affected by the pandemic and the measures taken to slow its spread.
- To ensure that your employees quickly start receiving unemployment benefits, verify your employees' employment and reason(s) for termination or reduced hours. If someone from the Oregon Employment Department reaches out to you, please respond quickly. Otherwise this may hold up benefits.
- It is critical that you promptly file your quarterly payroll tax reports. By doing so, we can verify your employees’ income and quickly pay benefits if they are eligible.
- It is essential that you provide accurate employee information when filing your quarterly payroll tax reports. Transposing a social security number, misspelling a first or last name, or using a nickname instead of the employee’s legal name will cause delays in getting benefits to your employees who need them.
- Visit the “Businesses” section of the Oregon Employment Department’s website for more information.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are available to workers who are unemployed or have reduced hours, and meet eligibility requirements. You may file a UI claim the first week your employment stops or your work hours are reduced. Use our Online Claims System to apply for benefits. If you cannot file online, call 1-877-FILE-4-UI (1-877-345-3484). Free interpretation is provided.
This is not a type of public assistance or public charge. Anyone authorized to work in the U.S. may be eligible.
For information about filing a UI claim, visit unemployment.oregon.gov. You will need to provide the Oregon Employment Department with the following information to have your claim processed:
- Your full legal name
- Your employment history for the last 18 months
- Your Social Security Number
- If you are a citizen of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of the Marshall Islands, you must also provide your I-94 number.
- All other workers who are not US citizens must also provide a worker authorization number/AR number.