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Denial of Benefits

Some situations can stop or deny your benefits. These situations require the Employment Department to examine claims, determine eligibility or issue administrative decisions. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Quitting a job
  • Being fired or suspended from a job
  • Being unable to work
  • Being away from your permanent residence
  • Attending school or training
  • Being self employed
  • Being in jail
  • Missing any work
  • Turning down an offer of work
  • Failing to actively seek work
  • Receiving retirement pay (except social security)
  • Failing to participate in a Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment interview
  • Turning down a referral for work from WorkSource Oregon
  • Failing to complete enrollment activities through your local WorkSource Oregon center
  • Being unemployed as a result of a labor dispute, or
  • Filing for weekly benefits during the summer, winter, or spring break periods or between terms when you’re an instructional or non-instructional educational employee

These issues will cause a stop on your claim until we make a decision to pay or deny benefits. Continue to claim weekly benefits during the investigation of any issue on your claim. This ensures you’re able to receive payment on those weeks if the investigation results in a decision to pay benefits.

An adjudicator will complete an investigation. If the adjudicator needs additional information, they will contact you. Be sure to respond to requests with complete information. Failure to respond will result in a decision being made on information available and may result in a denial of benefits. Withholding information or reporting false information to the Employment Department has serious consequences.