WAC 192-140-090 What happens if I do not schedule or report for
reemployment services as provided in RCW 50.20.010 (1)(e)? (1) Written
(a) The commissioner may direct you in writing to schedule a time
to report in person for reemployment services. The written directive
will contain a deadline by which you must schedule and participate in
(b) If you fail to schedule a time to participate in reemployment
services by the deadline, you will be ineligible to receive benefits
for the week containing the date of the deadline, unless you show justifiable
(c) If you fail to participate in reemployment services at the
time you scheduled, you will be ineligible to receive benefits for the
week containing the time you scheduled, unless you show justifiable
(d) The department may verify the reasons you failed to schedule
or participate in reemployment services. In all such cases, your ability
to work or availability for work may be questioned. (2) Exceptions. You will not be required to participate in reemployment
services if you:
(a) Are a member of a full referral union and are eligible for
dispatch and referral according to union rules;
(b) Are attached to an employer as provided in WAC 192-180-005;
(c) Are participating in a training program approved by the commissioner;
(d) Are not able to attend due to the closure of the WorkSource
office and the department cannot accommodate an alternative method to
deliver the reemployment services; or
(e) Within the previous year have completed, or are currently
scheduled for or participating in, similar services.
(3) Minimum services. The services will consist of one or more
sessions which include, but are not limited to:
(a) Local labor market information;
(b) Available reemployment and training services;
(c) Successful job search attitudes;
(d) Self-assessment of job skills and interests;
(e) Job interview techniques;
(f) The development of a resume or fact sheet; and
(g) The development of a plan for reemployment.
(4) Justifiable cause. Justifiable cause for failure to schedule
or participate in reemployment services as directed will include factors
specific to you which would cause a reasonably prudent person in
similar circumstances to fail to schedule or participate in reemployment
services. Justifiable cause includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Your illness or disability or that of a member of your immediate
(b) Conflicting employment or your presence at a job interview
scheduled with an employer; or
(c) Severe weather conditions.
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As everyone is having issues starting or restarting claims, here are some alternate ways to possibly make contact with the Oregon Employment Department.
If you have issues with your claim including error messages, system failure which prevent completion of the claim, or you make an error please email these claim-specific questions to OED_COVID19_Info@oregon.gov
You may also wish send a report of your history of claim attempts to submit a claim:
Phone ( will probably be in vain but...) :
Portland – (503) 292-2057
TOLL FREE: (877) 345-3484
For those who received CHAD and CRAZY FOR YOU:
The Oregon Employment Department has determined that because you did not perform any actual work for the money you are not required to claim it as income. It's considered a "Clearing of the Books".
If you have already claimed these monies as income you can contact Unemployment to change this and explain that "I received these monies based on work cancellations due to Covid-19. This payment was for (insert number of days) of non-work and should be considered a 'Clearing of the Books."
Let cdavid know if you have any issues with this process besides the inability to get through via phone :(
Members should report both W-2 and 1099 income when applying under covid-19 rules.
Those with only Self-employed or 1099 income should submit their claim, but their claim will have to be adjudicated and will be accepted on a case by case basis.
If you have an open claim please continue to file every week regardless.
Here is the email received from our WorkSource Liaison clarifying that these monies arent considered income and therefore don't need to be reported. He received this ruling from the Director of Oreogon Employment Department:
Because your members did not perform any actual work for the money on those two productions they are not required to claim it. It's considered a "Clearing of the Books". This would apply even under normal UI rules.
2nd question: As far as I know no one in any mixture of income types who has an open claim or plans on opening a claim will have to file an additional claim to receive the federal stipend of $600.
3rd question; report both W-2 and 1099 income when applying under covid-19 rules. FYI self employed or 1099 workers claim will have to be adjudicated and will be accepted on a case by case basis.
I get how frustrating it is for your members who have unique needs and can't get a hold of anybody. I will notify you right away if I hear of any changes on that front. Just make sure once folks have an open claim that they file every week regardless.
Sign Up for WEBINARS TO ASSIST LAID OFF WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19:Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 pm, Worksystems & WorkSource Oregon will host a webinar for laid off workers to go over unemployment insurance, health care, and other resources to help you through this pandemic. This page contains resources that will be reviewed during the webinar.