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Unemployment Pay for Furlough?
Everyone enjoys extra time away from work, but it is virtually impossible to do any remunerative work or draw public assistance for one or two scattered days each month. For example, if the Governor were to lay off employees for 24 consecutive work days, employees could qualify for unemployment.
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian wasn't sure of the law, but he said that sounded right. So we checked with Craig Spivey at the Oregon Employment Department. He says yep, if you're off for a day or two, unemployment doesn't kick in. But if you're out of work for at least a week straight, through no fault of your own, you can (and, he says, you should!) file. He mentioned that Oregon mill workers and RV builders have been sent on regular furloughs even before this recession and been covered by unemployment insurance. You don't get paid for the first week. See the state's unemployment FAQ for details.
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