Governor Kate Brown signed into law House Bill 3389, which provides UI tax relief and deferral for 2021 unemployment insurance (UI) payroll taxes to qualifying businesses. The tax relief program was collaboratively developed by the Oregon Employment Department, Gov. Brown, and the Oregon State Legislature as a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on many businesses.
Unemployed workers cannot refuse job offers or a recall to their previous job (if temporarily laid off) because of their un-employment benefit amount. Refusing work solely due to weekly unemployment benefit payments is considered fraud. The Employment Department provides ways to report job refusals. Use this Employer Form to report individuals who have:
• Refused an offer of work
• Failed to report to work after hire – or –
• Have chosen not to return to work when recalled