Unemployment Payments

SKPS Staff,

It is a relief to hear that staff have begun to receive employment benefit checks under the Work Share program. If you have received at least one benefit check, you can stop reading and no action is required on your part.

This information is for staff that have NOT received a benefit check to date. If you filled out an initial claim form have not received a benefit payment, please click the link below and fill out the google form. We would like to collect your name, district email or employee ID, and a brief description of the issue you are having. For example, some staff have received letters regarding a second job or self-employment. In the description area you can simply put ‘self-employment’ or ‘second job’. If you have not received any letters, you can say ‘no communication’ or simply leave it blank. We will send this information to Work Share so they can work to resolve the issues.

Click here to fill out the form. You will need to login with your district credentials to access the Google Form.

Please know that we are working hard to get answers to your questions and apologize for any frustration this has caused. If you have any other questions, please call 503-399-3000.

-John Beight

When Will I Receive My Check?

We have learned that Work Share will issue our first payments the week of July 13, 2020. Checks should be arriving in the mail soon.

Can You Explain the Amount of Benefit Payment I Received?

You should be receiving two payments for each week of Work Share. One payment is for the Oregon unemployment benefit. The other payment is the federal CARES Act payment.

Many of you have had questions regarding the amount of your two benefit payments. Here is an example of what you will see:

Check/Deposit 1 – CARES Payment. This is the same amount for everyone.

  • CARES Payment:  $600 (before taxes) or $504 (after taxes)

Check/Deposit 2 – Oregon Unemployment Benefit. This amount will vary from employee to employee as determined by the Oregon Employment Department (OED) based on your personal earnings and eligibility under Oregon law.

Your letter notification from OED will identify (1) your total weekly eligibility for unemployment benefits, and (2) your actual Work Share payment of 20% of your total weekly unemployment benefits.  (Remember that the Work Share program is a 20% reduction in employment; therefore you are eligible for 20% of your full unemployment benefit.)

For example:

  • Total (100%) Weekly Benefit Eligibility Amount: $388
  • Work Share (20%) Weekly Benefit payment:  $77.60 (before taxes) or $64 (after taxes)

I Received a Confusing Letter From OED. What Should I Do?

OED is sending inaccurate and confusing letters to some employees. While we are not sure what every letter may be, here are several that we are aware of:

Waiting Week Period

    • As we emailed last week, Governor Brown announced months ago that she was waiving the unemployment benefits waiting week. However, OED’s system has not been upgraded to meet that requirement. Once OED implements a fix, payments for the “waiting week” will be issued.
    • As part of its standard practice, OED processed the “waiting week” first and sent letters to Work Share employees regarding the waiting week. OED has completed processing of the first week and is now processing payments for subsequent weeks.

Statement of No Benefits for the Weeks of May 23rd or May 30th

    • OED has acknowledged that some employees are getting inaccurate statements that they are not eligible for the weeks of May 3rd or May 10th week.
    • You should continue to watch for your first check, which should arrive any day.

Work Authorization Request

    • You should provide the requested information to Work Share if you receive this request.

School Recess and Form 385-E

    • You may receive a letter stating you are not eligible for benefits due to School Recess.  You should ignore this letter, and you should ignore the direction to complete form 385-E.
    • This is another automated notification from OED that is inaccurate and requires a fix.  OED anticipates a fix soon.

Retiree or Self-Employed Status

    • You should provide the requested information to Work Share if you receive this request. There may be a discrepancy on what was reported in your initial claim and they need more information in order to move forward with your claim. If your letter has a form to be completed, please fill it out, scan and email it to: HumanResources@salkeiz.k12.or.us. We will upload the form directly to Work Share.

Other Important Information

  • If you use vacation time during a furlough week you will not be eligible for your weekly unemployment payment for the week in which you used vacation.
  • Direct deposit of your benefit check will not be available due to the OED’s high volume of unemployment claims.  Our participation in the Work Share program will end before the OED will be able to process direct deposit information. Your first payment should be a paper check. After that, payments will be deposited electronically on a prepaid US Bank ReliaCard Debit Card. A ReliaCard can be used the same way as a debit card. You will receive this card in the mail along with instructions on how to use it.

Overview

SKPS is anticipating a significant revenue shortfall in the 2020-21 school year and possibly the next biennium as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and reduced tax collections at the state level. In order to save money this school year, help mitigate the impacts of reductions next school year and to hold our employees harmless, we will be accessing a state program called Work Share as well as funds available through the federal CARES Act.

The Work Share program is in place in 26 states and has been available for several decades. It was initially implemented as an employee protection program for the manufacturing industry by allowing employers to furlough employees for one to two days per week rather than lay them off. The employer was able to save money as they weathered cyclical demand, and the employee retained their job and was able to collect unemployment at the same time.

Earnings Reporting – Retirement or Employment Outside of SKPS

If you work for another employer or have retirement income (not including social security), you must provide weekly information to SKPS.  If you receive income or payments from any of the sources below, complete this