WORKFORCE RESOURCES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

As our region’s federal and state authorized Local Workforce Board, Rogue Workforce Partnership is working closely with partner organizations at the regional, state, and federal levels to provide resources to employers and workers in response to the COVID-19 / coronavirus public health crisis. Listed below are the workforce resources currently available. We are monitoring, and also providing input/advocacy, as these program, policy and resource recalibration decisions are being made in Washington DC and Salem. Keep in mind that changes at the federal level may frequently play out a bit differently in each state, as each state exercises its own discretion within the broader federal umbrella. This page will be kept current with the latest information.

Rapid Response

Rapid Response is a proactive, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed for two major purposes:

  1. To respond to announcements of layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers to ensure rapid reemployment, and to minimize the negative impacts of the layoff.
  2. To help growing companies access the resources they need to continue to be successful, including helping meet existing and future talent needs.

Our region’s Rapid Response Team can provide services to help company leadership and affected workers through the painful transitions associated with job loss. We help affected workers apply for unemployment benefits, access other income support and healthcare resources, and connect to training and reemployment services.

In response to the current state of the workforce impacted by COVID-19, there is an option to conduct Rapid Response sessions virtually. Visit our Video Tab for more.

Layoff Aversion

The Rapid Response Team can help companies avoid layoffs, so contact them to learn more about the following:

Workshare

Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers facing the prospect of a layoff. Instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours of work for a group of workers. Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits are then paid to supplement workers’ reduced wages.

Visit Workshare Website

Customized Layoff Aversion Funds

Limited funds have also been made for us to support companies with customized layoff aversion strategies. For example, these funds can be used to purchase software and equipment to support employees working from home and for cleaning/sanitizing services. Funds are limited and we can’t guarantee every application will be funded.

Layoff Aversion Funds Available
Application for Layoff Aversion Funds

Contact Rapid Response Team Leads Jill teVelde or Greg Thweatt at the contact links above for more information about accessing these funds.

Unemployment Insurance

Two Ways to File:

Apply Online

Or Call 1-877-345-3484 – expect long wait times due to high volume

Oregon Employment Department COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Benefits Information and Instructions

View Website

Applying online is the best option!

AVOID going to WorkSource Rogue Valley Centers to complete an application, unless help is needed to access a phone or a computer with internet. Unemployment Insurance claims are processed at centers in Portland and Bend. Going to a local office won’t expedite processing, and entry into the building is being limited to comply with public health restrictions.

For the most up-to-date information on the changes happening with COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits, visit the Oregon Employment Department.

View the Worksource Oregon COVID-19 Practices Here

Unemployment Insurance (English)

Unemployment Insurance (Spanish)

Health Insurance Marketplace (English)

Health Insurance Marketplace (Spanish)

Spanish Version Coming Soon

Worksource Services (English)

Worksource Services (Spanish)

Business Closures

If businesses are completely closing, business owners should inform their employees of this in writing and that all employees are laid off until further notice. It is very important for businesses to also file a WARN Notice. Both of these actions help track closures and provide workers with documentation to claim Unemployment Insurance. WARN Notices help trigger additional state and federal funding for our region that can be utilized in flexible ways to help people during this crisis. For assistance, contact: John Asher – 503-947-2413 or John.E.ASHER@oregon.gov

Other Helpful Resources

Rogue Valley Rapid Response Team:

Jill teVelde 541-842-2582 or jilltv@rogueworkforce.org
Greg Thweatt 541-842-2621 or gregt@rogueworkforce.org