We are seeing a lot of talk about bailouts for lager corporations and industries, banks, insurance companies, airlines, ect. But we are not hearing much about helping out small businesses and almost nothing about helping out workers who.
As workers we pay for our Unemployment Insurance - this is not charity, it is a service that every worker and every employer pays for. As we see more and more businesses having to close down during the COVID 19 outbreak workers should check to see if they qualify for benefits which may be available to those who are on a temporary layoff.
These benefits occur for claimants whose employer stops operation for a short period of time, such as cleaning following a coronavirus exposure. In these cases, employees expect to be back to work in four weeks or less.
Workers should check the Oregon Employment Department's COVID 19 info page