The Oregon Employment Department officially launched an online Spanish-language “initial claim” form for those applying for regular unemployment insurance benefits. The initial claim form is for those who are filing a claim for the first time, after which eligible claimants will file weekly claims to continue receiving benefits.

“Ensuring equal access to our programs is part of living our agency values of respect, integrity and community,” said David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department. “We are glad we are able to make the process of applying and filing for regular unemployment insurance more accessible in their preferred language. I encourage our Spanish-speaking Oregonians who need to file for claims to use this new online initial claims process so we can get you your benefits as quickly as possible.”

Spanish-language claimants have already been able to file weekly claims online for both regular unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance. Those without internet access are able to file initial claims and weekly claims with one-on-one phone assistance. The Spanish-language initial claim form is available online at https://tinyurl.com/4j9jj5sy

If people cannot file online, they can call the OED Unemployment Insurance Hotline at 1-877-345-3484; complete the fillable form on our Spanish-language website, unemployment.oregon.gov/es; or call the back up Worksystems Hotline at 503-606-6969.

As claimants laid off from their employer begin reaching the one-year mark on their regular unemployment insurance claim, they will need to file a new claim for benefits even if they had little or no income in the past year. If claimants do not file a new claim for benefits, federal rules require that OED stop paying benefits.

For more information about unemployment benefits, visit unemployment.oregon.gov.

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