News Release from Oregon Employment Department
Posted on FlashAlert: December 22nd, 2020 12:20 PM

Downloadable file: 12_22__new_federal_benefits_PR_FINAL.pdf

The Oregon Employment Department is pleased that Congress has passed an extension of federal benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). Without an extension of PUA or PEUC, approximately 70,000 Oregonians would have lost a vital safety net after Dec. 26. We are glad Oregonians no longer have to worry about an abrupt end to this critical financial support.

We are moving quickly to make changes and implement the federal relief programs recently passed. Right now, we are waiting to receive rules and instructions from the U.S. Department of Labor. The holidays may impact how quickly the U.S. Dept. of Labor gets guidance to us; however, we will work through the holidays and do what we can to make programmatic changes and get benefits out the door as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, claimants may experience a gap in benefits from the time period when CARES Act benefits expire on Dec. 26 and when we can implement the new benefit programs and extensions to existing programs. We know that any gap in benefits will be a hardship for people. We want Oregonians to know that we are doing everything we can to make sure they get the benefits they are eligible for as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, we are asking claimants not to call us with questions but instead sign up for email updates so they will be one of the first to know. As we receive guidance and information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor regarding timelines and specific steps claimants should take, we will share that information on our website, social media, and in direct emails and notices to claimants.

As the media will continue playing a critical role in getting information out, we will also share updates with the press as new information emerges.

Free Fee Days From the National Forest Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan. 17 President’s Day: Feb. 21 National Get Outdoors Day: June 11 National Public Lands Day: Sept. 24 Veterans Day: Nov. 11 The fee waiver applies to most Forest Service day-use recreation

2022 Balloons Over Bend

2022 Balloons Over Bend Fri, July 22, 4-11 p.m. $7-$10 Balloons Over Bend is back this summer. The balloons launch in the morning and is free to attend and watch. Tickets are required for the Night Glow

Deschutes County Summer Restrictions Imposed

Deschutes County Commissioners voted to impose public use restrictions on unprotected lands within the county and on all county-owned land to help prevent human-caused wildfires. The restrictions go into effect immediately and mirror restrictions on Oregon Department