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Eligibility Quiz

**If your employment was directly affected by the Oregon wildfires, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

  • The quickest way to find out if you are eligible for DUA is to submit an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits through our Online Claim System. You can also call 877-345-3484 (1-877-FILE-4-UI).
  • Visit our Wildfires FAQ for more information on DUA benefits

This quiz is a general guide. Each situation is unique and we will have to review each claim.

Do I qualify for regular unemployment benefits?

Take this quiz first.

  1. Did you work at least 500 hours or get paid at least $1,000 by an employer during your “base year?” Your base year is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week you file your initial claim.
    1. If you file your initial claim in January, February, or March 2020, your base year is October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.
    2. If you file your initial claim in April, May, or June 2020, your base year is January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
    3. If you file your initial claim in July, August, or September 2020, your base year is April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
    4. If you file your initial claim in October, November, or December 2020, your base year is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
  2. Did you work in Oregon at someone else’s company sometime in the past 18 months?
  3. Are you able to work? “Able to work” means you are mentally and physically able to work.
  4. Are you available for work? “Available to work” means you are able to work without restrictions that would prevent you from accepting work (for example: transportation issues, illness, vacations, or lack of family/childcare).
  5. Do any of the statements below (from our temporary rules) apply to you? If even one applies, your answer is "Yes."
    1. I can’t work because I'm sick with coronavirus.
    2. I can’t work because I might have been exposed to coronavirus and am required to stay home.
    3. I can’t work because my doctor or public health officials said I should stay home to prevent the risk of getting exposed to, or spreading, coronavirus.
    4. I can’t work because my employer shut down or cut back due to coronavirus. This includes shutting down or cutting back due to the Governor’s Stay Home Save Lives order, or on the advice of public health officials.
    5. I can’t work because I have to stay home to care for a family member, or other person I live with and provide care for, who is sick with coronavirus or is required to stay home.
    6. I can’t work because I have to stay home to care for a child due to the closure of schools, child care providers, or similar facilities due to coronavirus.
    7. I'm being asked back to work when going back would require me to disobey a doctor’s stay-home order or the Governor’s Stay Home Save Lives order.
  6. Were you laid off, or were your work hours cut back?
  7. Were you discharged from the military in the last 18 months, and either living in Oregon or regularly working or looking for work in Oregon?
  8. None of the statements below apply to you. (If none apply, your answer is "Yes.")
    1. I was fired and it was my fault.
    2. I am on strike from my employer.
    3. I am on a leave of absence from my job.
    4. I am still working full-time.

If you answered Yes to MOST of these questions, you will likely qualify for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. File an initial claim here.

If you answered No to MOST of these questions, you might not qualify for regular benefits but could qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Take the quiz below.

Do I qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

Take this quiz if you answered No to MOST of the questions in the regular unemployment benefits quiz.

  1. Are you out of work or working less than normal because of COVID-19?
  2. Were you recently denied for a regular unemployment claim because you hadn’t worked 500 hours?
  3. Did you work, but worked fewer than 500 hours in Oregon in the past 18 months?
  4. Were you diagnosed with COVID-19, severely ill and unable to work?
  5. Are you showing symptoms of COVID-19 and are either waiting for results of a test or seeking medical attention?
  6. Are you at high risk AND a medical provider has told you to stay home?
  7. Are you caring for a family member or dependent who has COVID-19?
  8. Are you unable to work because you have to stay home to care for a child or other person due to the closure of schools, childcare providers, or similar facilities due to COVID-19?
  9. Is your workplace closed because of an official order or a case of COVID-19,
    and you are unable to work from home?
  10. Have you become the main provider of support for your household because the head of household has died as a direct result of COVID-19?
  11. Are you self-employed?
  12. None of the statements below apply to you. (If none apply, your answer is "Yes.")
    1. I quit my job for reasons unrelated to COVID-19.
    2. I quit my job just to collect unemployment benefits.
    3. I am currently receiving vacation leave, sick leave, or paid time off.
    4. I can work from home but am choosing not to.
    5. I am an essential worker, not high risk, and my workplace has met requirements for my safety, but I’m too afraid to work.

If you answered Yes to ANY questions 1-11 AND question 12, you are likely eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. File an initial claim here.

If you answered No to ALL of these questions, you might not be eligible.