Reciprocal agreements concerning wages used as basis for benefits
(1) The Director of the Employment Department may enter into reciprocal arrangements with appropriate and duly authorized agencies of other states or of the federal government, or both, whereby wages, upon the basis of which an individual may become entitled to benefits under an employment security law of another state or of the federal government, shall be deemed to be wages for insured work for the purpose of determining benefits under this chapter. Wages for insured work, on the basis of which an individual may become entitled to benefits under this chapter, shall be deemed to be wages on the basis of which unemployment insurance is payable under such law of another state or of the federal government.
(2) No such arrangement shall be entered into unless it contains provision for reimbursement to the fund for such of the benefits paid under this chapter on the basis of such wages and provision for reimbursement from the fund for such benefits paid under such other law on the basis of wages for insured work, as the director finds will be fair and reasonable to all affected interests.
(3) Reimbursements paid from the fund pursuant to this section are deemed to be benefits for the purposes of this chapter. However, no charge shall be made to an employer’s account under ORS 657.471 (Manner of charging benefits to employer) in excess of the maximum benefits payable under ORS 657.150 (Amount of benefits) or when no benefits would have been payable to an individual but for this section, because of the lack of wages for insured work necessary to qualify for benefits.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section, the director shall participate in any arrangements for the payment of compensation on the basis of combining an individual’s wages and employment covered under this chapter with wages and employment covered under the unemployment insurance laws of other states that are approved by the United States Secretary of Labor in consultation with the state unemployment insurance agencies as reasonably calculated to ensure the prompt and full payment of compensation in such situations and that include provisions for:
(a) Applying the base period of a single state law to a claim involving the combining of an individual’s wages and employment covered under two or more state unemployment insurance laws; and
(b) Avoiding the duplicate use of wages and employment by reason of such combining. [Amended by 1957 c.699 §11; 1971 c.463 §19; 2005 c.22 §463]
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