PPS Work Share Program

  • Portland Public Schools is moving to four day work week (reducing hours by 20%) through the summer, currently effective May 4 through July 24, after which, we will further evaluate the necessity of the program in terms of its ability to help PPS minimize the number of required layoffs, and based on staffing needs.  Qualifying employees will have their hours and PPS pay reduced by 20% to be eligible for unemployment and federal CARES Act funds through the Oregon Work Share program. The result of a *partial furlough plus access to CARES Act funds ($600/person/week) will mean no net loss of income and have no impact on benefits; in fact, most eligible employees will see an increase in compensation during eligible weeks. This will provide significant and immediate budget relief for the District reducing necessary layoffs throughout the remainder of the fiscal year. This will also protect as many instructional days and staff positions as possible in the 2020-21 school year. 

    * “Partial furlough” means a 20% reduction in an employee’s scheduled work hours and a 20% reduction in that employee’s PPS compensation. It does not refer to a leave of absence from work, nor is it subject to an employee’s decision about when to use the reduced hours. For exempt employees, an employee will receive a new and reduced fixed schedule, and the employee will continue to receive a fixed, yet proportionally-reduced salary.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Updated: July 28, 2020
    Updates will be published regularly as new information becomes available.
    These FAQs are based on the best and most up-to-date information we have at the time of publication. 
    *"Partial furlough" means a 20% reduction in an employee's scheduled work hours and a 20% reduction in that employee's PPS compensation. It does not refer to a leave of absence from work, nor is it subject to an employee’s discretion for when to use. For exempt employees, an employee will receive a new and reduced fixed schedule, and the employee will continue to receive a fixed, yet proportionally-reduced, salary.

  • Payment Questions

  • What is the Oregon Work Share program?

  • Benefits

  • Participation

  • Eligibility for Oregon Work Share Program

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Work Share Payment Examples

  • Click image below to see examples of the calculation of the WorkShare program + CARES Act payments based on different work years and salaries:

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