Layoff Resources

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The City of Portland is committed to helping employees affected by layoffs find another job, maintain or secure benefits, and access emotional support.
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Career Transition Services 

Whether or not they are represented by a union, laid-off employees who sign up for the Career Transition Services program get priority status when they apply for City of Portland jobs. They also receive support in seeking jobs both inside and outside the organization. Here’s what employees directly impacted by layoffs can expect if they access the program. 

Submit an application today to access these resources. 

Personal assistance from a senior recruiter or human resources business partner 
  • Transferrable skills assessment 

  • How to apply to City jobs 

  • How to answer supplemental questions 

  • Resume building 

  • Writing a cover letter 

  • Interviewing skills 

Priority in seeking City jobs 
  • Guaranteed opportunity to interview for any position for which the laid-off employee meets the required qualifications 

  • Guaranteed release time from work to attend information sessions, workshops and job interviews for City positions 

Learn how to apply for City jobs

See current city job openings

With questions about Career Transition Services, email the Recruitment Team at inboxrecruitment@portlandoregon.gov.

For non-represented employees impacted by layoffs, the Redeployment program provides an additional pathway to pursue employment opportunities at the city. To learn about the differences between these programs, please contact your human resources business partner. 

Polices, Labor Agreements and Bumping

The Human Resources Administrative Rule about Layoff & Recall describes roles, responsibilities, and rights related to the layoff process. 

For represented employees, the Labor Agreement for your union describes the rights of union members facing layoff. Do a search for the term "layoff." Employees with more seniority than others in their job class may qualify for retaining a job through bumping. You would be notified if you qualify to bump. 

Health and Financial Benefits 

  • City-paid healthcare coverage will end on the last day of the month in which an employee is laid off. 

  • The employee and their eligible family members are offered the opportunity to elect and pay for COBRA continuation of coverage

  • More information, including enrollment forms, will be emailed to employees who are laid off. 

File an unemployment insurance claim with the Oregon Employment Department.  

For benefits questions, please email the Benefits Team at benefits@portlandoregon.gov  

Emotional Support 

Employees – including recent employees who were laid off within the past 30 days – may contact the City’s Employee Assistance Program for 24-hour counseling services. 

  • Most employees: Call toll-free at 1-855-888-9891. 

  • Portland Fire Fighters Association, Portland Police Association and Portland Police Commanding Officer Association members: Call toll-free at 1-800-433-2320, text 503-980-1777 or go online to Canopy.   

Unemployment Insurance Program 

Unemployment Insurance Program is a federal program that offers benefits for workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Through the program, workers receive temporary income. They must meet all other weekly eligibility requirements. Benefits are not available to all workers. Workers who quit or were fired from their job for misconduct may or may not qualify for benefits.  

Oregon Unemployment Department reviews unemployment claims on a case-by-case scenario. Benefits are not available to all workers. Workers who quit or were fired from their job for misconduct may or may not qualify for benefits.  

The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is a state workforce agency that promotes employment for Oregonians by developing a diversified, multi-skilled workforce, and provides support during periods of unemployment provides a claimant policy handbook to help guide new and previous claimants through the unemployment process. 

OED provides a claimant policy handbook to help workers navigate the unemployment insurance process: Employment Department - Online Claim System (state.or.us) 

Employer Responsibility

The City of Portland does not decide if an employee is or isn’t eligible for unemployment benefits. However, The City of Portland’s Bureau of Human Resources is committed to completing claims accurately and in a timely manner.  

To ensure the initial claim is sent to the correct employer, please reference the City of Portland’s Federal Identification Employer Number (FEIN): 93-6002236.    

Submitting a Claim

When submitting a claim, you will need to provide the following information/documents: 

  • Your Social Security Number 

  • Your work history for the last 18 months, including dates of employment, your employers' business names, addresses and phone numbers. (If you worked for a Federal (non-military) employer, you may find this information on an SF-8 or SF-50.) 

  • Your salary and total income from each employer 

  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will need your Alien Registration Number and documentation 

  • Phone number where you can be reached during normal business hours (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time) 

You can submit a claim online here: Employment Department - Online Claim System (state.or.us) 

Out of State Claims: All employees must file their claim with the State of Oregon only. Requests sent from other states including Washington will not be processed. Please note this may change in the future.  

Unemployment Insurance Benefits  

Unemployment insurance eligibility has two main parts. First, you must have enough work and earnings in your base year to be able to have a valid claim with a weekly benefit amount available.  

Your base year typically is a 12-month period that falls within the prior 18 months. Within your base year, you must have worked for a covered employer for at least 500 hours or have earned at least $1,000. 

Your weekly benefit amount is 1.25% of your total base year gross earnings. Under Oregon law, it will not be less than the minimum or more than the maximum amounts you can receive. 

You can calculate your estimated benefits here: Unemployment Insurance Benefits Calculator  

Unemployment Insurance Glossary 

Base Year:  

Your base year is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week you file your initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits. See below example: 

  • If you file your initial claim in January, February, or March 2022, your base year is Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021 

  • If you file your initial claim in April, May, or June 2022, your base year is Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2021 

  • If you file your initial claim in July, August, or September 2022, your base year is April 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022 

  • If you file your initial claim in October, November, or December 2022, your base year is July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022 

Benefit Year: 

Your benefit year is a 52-week period that begins the first week you file your initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits. Note that even though your benefit year is a 52-week period, you may only receive total benefits of up to 26 times your weekly benefit amount, and you can’t file a new Oregon unemployment insurance claim until your 52-week-long benefit year ends, even if you’ve received all of your benefits. 

Gross Earnings: 

These are your earnings before expenses, taxes, or any other deductions have been taken out. Gross earnings should be higher than net earnings. 

Net Earnings: 

Your net earnings are your total earnings minus expenses, taxes or other deductions. Net earnings should be lower than gross earnings. 

1099G Form: 

A 1099G is a tax form sent to people who got unemployment insurance benefits. You use it when you are filing federal and state income taxes with the Internal Revenue Service and the Oregon Department of Revenue. You can download yours in the Online Claim System. 

Fraud:  

Unemployment insurance fraud occurs when someone provides wrong information or withholds facts on purpose to get benefits. If you hide or report wrong information on purpose, that is fraud. Fraud is a crime and can result in penalties including criminal prosecution. Learn more about unemployment insurance fraud, as well as unemployment identity theft. 

Identity Theft: 

People may file claims for unemployment benefits using names and personal information that they have illegally purchased or stolen in an online data breach, or when you share your personal information with others by accident or on purpose. When a person uses another person’s information to file an unemployment claim, this is a form of identity theft. Oregonians learn about the fraud when they get a notice from the Oregon Employment Department or their employer about their supposed application for benefits. If this happens to you, it means someone is misusing your personal information, including your Social Security Number and date of birth. Report unemployment identity theft to us as soon as possible. Learn more about unemployment identity theft and unemployment insurance fraud. 

Overpayment: 

An overpayment happens when you were paid benefits that you were not eligible for. Some overpayments happen when people give us inaccurate or partial information. Other overpayments can be caused if OED makes an error while processing your claims or an eligibility decision is appealed.  

When there are overpayments, OED has a legal obligation to try to recover them. If you did not cause the overpayment, OED will normally offset that debt by deducting the amount of money you owe from any future benefits you are eligible for.  

The U.S. Department of Labor allows OED to waive some overpayments if the overpayments were not your fault and if repaying it would be an unreasonable hardship. 

Other Assistance: 

Unemployment benefits can partly replace your lost earnings after a work separation or reduction in hours. Benefits help you pay expenses while looking for new work. We recognize, however, there are times when you may need additional assistance with rent, healthcare, and other necessities.  

It is recommended to reach out to 211 for additional assistance: Call 211 for Essential Community Services | United Way 211 

All information provided can be reviewed in further details on the Oregon Employment Department website: Unemployment Insurance | OED Unemployment Insurance (oregon.gov) 

Unemployment Contact information: 

Daylen Lawrence - Unemployment Specialist  

Email: BHRvoe@portlandoregon.gov  

Phone: 503-823-3572 

Fax: 503-865-3288 

Questions?

For information and support, employees impacted by layoffs can contact their bureau's Human Resources Business Partner.