By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The Oregon Employment Department is adopting a temporary rule, OAR 471-030-0036(3)(f)(A), which will allow Work Share participants to use accrued leave when sick or taking care of someone who is sick.
The Department is adopting this rule temporarily to make changes to the Unemployment Insurance Work Share program in response to COVID-19 as a result of Governor Kate Brown’s March 8, 2020, Declaration of Emergency (Executive Order No. 20-03). The rule also will allow missing a work opportunity due to jury duty.
For purposes of determining whether an employee can receive Work Share benefits in a particular week, if the employee uses approved, accrued leave during a week, those leave hours count as hours worked during the week. This does not apply to leave taken for vacation purposes. It does apply to leave taken for other reasons, including because the employee is sick, is caring for someone else who is sick, is on jury duty, or because of COVID-19-related reasons.
The temporary rule is effective August 2, 2020, through December 26, 2020. If the Department decides to make it permanent beyond this date, a notification will be sent out in the future (ED Communication, 8/9/2020).
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