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i got a job at a temp service and the job was not what i signed up for and i only worked one day can i keep my unemployment

by Anonymous
(Portland, Oregon)

I am on unemployment and I took a a job at a temp service in Portland, Oregon, but the job was not what I thought so can I keep my unemployment.

Hi Anonymous,

The issue for you is whether you had good cause to refuse the work because it was not "suitable". Oregon's statutes state:

657.190 Suitable work; factors to consider. (1) In determining whether any work is suitable for an individual, the Director of the Employment Department shall consider, among other factors, the degree of risk involved to the health, safety and morals of the individual, the physical fitness and prior training, experience and prior earnings of the individual, the length of unemployment and prospects for securing local work in the customary occupation of the individual and the distance of the available work from the residence of the individual.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the director may refer claimants to JOBS Plus Program jobs for which the claimant does not have adequate skills or experience when the JOBS Plus Program job is likely to result in an upgrade in the claimant’s skills and experience. Amended by 2001 c.657 §2

657.195 Suitable work; exceptions. (1) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, no work is deemed suitable and benefits shall not be denied under this chapter to any otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work under any of the following conditions:

(a) If the position offered is vacant due directly to a strike, lockout or other labor dispute.

(b) If the remuneration, hours or other conditions of the work offered are substantially less favorable to the individual than those prevailing for similar work in the locality.

(c) If as a condition of being employed the individual would be required to join a company union or to resign from or refrain from joining any bona fide labor organization.

(2) On and after November 8, 1938, and for the purposes of this chapter only, this section shall have the same meaning as the provisions of section 3304(a)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code. Amended by 1973 c.300 §5; 2007 c.614 §19

So, what do you think? Does your reason for not continuing with the work fit into this anywhere?

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