Important Bulletin from the Oregon Employment Department

Important information about Unemployment Insurance Benefits launching in Frances Online

The Oregon Employment Department is launching Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits through Frances Online. The new UI benefits system is scheduled to go live through Frances Online on Monday, March 4.   

Here is what you need to know:

  • Frances Online will not be available during the migration.
    The Frances Online website will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, to 8 a.m. on Monday, March 4.
  • Customer service by phone or email will not be available.
    Phone lines for UI, Paid Leave Oregon, and employer contributions will be unavailable from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, to 8 a.m. on Monday, March 4.

Here is what you can do:   

  • Finish any outstanding tasks you need to do in your Frances Online account before it goes offline at 5 p.m. on February 28. You will not have access to any account information in Frances Online from 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 4.
  • Note that our staff will not be answering phone calls or emails starting at 8 a.m. from Wednesday, February 28, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 4.
  • To reduce processing delays during this time frame, please respond to all requests for information promptly.

We understand this may cause an inconvenience. We are doing everything we can to make this process as easy as possible. We encourage you to review all correspondence from the Oregon Employment Department in the coming weeks.

Visit the Employer page of the OED website and follow us on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn) for important updates about the migration. 
Thank you for your patience.  

Soup-er Bowl: Celebrating National Homemade Soup Day!

Greetings, soup enthusiasts and culinary daredevils! It’s that time of the year again when the heavens open up, and angels sing praises to the magical elixir that warms our souls and bellies – it’s National Homemade Soup Day on February 4th! So, grab your ladles, dust off your grandma’s secret spice rack, and let’s dive headfirst into the bubbling cauldron of comfort that is homemade soup.

As National Homemade Soup Day approaches, why not turn your kitchen into a battlefield of broths and bisques by organizing the Soup-er Bowl Showdown? It’s time to don your soup-strategist hat and ladle your way to glory. Here’s a step-by-step guide to orchestrating the most epic soup contest your neighborhood has ever seen.

Step 1: Rally the Troops

Begin by spreading the word. Create eye-catching posters, digital invitations, or even send out carrier pigeons if you’re feeling whimsical. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and anyone with a passion for slurping sensational soups. The more, the merrier!

Step 2: Choose a Location

Decide whether you want to host the contest at home, a local community center, or even a park if the weather permits. Make sure the venue has sufficient kitchen facilities and space for participants and spectators alike. A well-equipped kitchen is a soup chef’s playground.

Step 3: Set the Date and Time

Coordinate with potential participants to find a date and time that works for everyone. National Homemade Soup Day falls on February 4th, but feel free to extend the celebration throughout the weekend to accommodate busy schedules.

Step 4: Establish Categories

Diversify the competition by creating categories like “Most Creative Soup,” “Spiciest Soup,” or “Classic Comfort Soup.” This encourages participants to unleash their culinary creativity.

Step 5: Create Entry Guidelines

Clearly outline the rules for entering the Soup-er Bowl Showdown. Include details such as recipe submission deadlines, ingredients restrictions (if any), and any presentation requirements. Embrace the creativity but maintain a level playing field.

Step 6: Assemble an Expert Panel

Recruit judges with discerning taste buds to crown the soup champions. Consider including local chefs, food bloggers, or even willing neighbors who appreciate a good bowl of soup. Ensure the judging criteria are fair and communicated to all participants.

Step 7: Soup Sampling for Spectators

Don’t forget the spectators! Allow them to purchase tasting tickets, and set up sampling stations where they can savor the soups on display. This adds an interactive element and turns your contest into a community event.

Step 8: Prizes Galore

Secure prizes for the winners. We’ve already suggested Golden Ladle Trophies, Soup-er Chef Aprons, Personalized Soup Spoons, Soup Pot Upgrades, and even a Soup-themed Weekend Getaway. Make sure the prizes are as enticing as the soups themselves.

Step 9: Promote, Promote, Promote!

Spread the soup love far and wide. Leverage social media, local newspapers, and community bulletin boards to promote the Soup-er Bowl Showdown. The more buzz you create, the bigger the turnout.

Step 10: Capture the Soupy Spectacle

Document the event with photos and videos. Share the joy, laughter, and steaming soups on social media platforms using the event hashtag. This not only captures memories but also ensures that the Soup-er Bowl Showdown becomes a yearly tradition.

Winter is a time when we all transform into cozy beings, wrapped in layers like delicious soup dumplings. And what better way to celebrate this transformation than by indulging in the symphony of flavors and warmth that a homemade soup provides? It’s like a hug from the inside – a liquid blanket for your taste buds.

Our Top Picks: Soups that Will Make You Slurp with Joy

1. Baked Potato Soup: A Spud-tacular Adventure


4 large russet potatoes (because why settle for small when you can go big?)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (the cheesier, the better)
1/2 cup sour cream (for that tangy twist)
1/4 cup bacon bits (because everything’s better with bacon)
4 green onions, chopped (for a touch of sophistication)
Salt and pepper to taste (because seasoning is an art)

Bake those potatoes until they’re softer than a puppy’s snuggle.
Scoop out the potato insides like you’re on a treasure hunt for creamy gold.
Mash them taters with all the love in your heart.
Mix in the cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and green onions. Stir like nobody’s watching.
Season to taste and let it simmer until your kitchen smells like a potato paradise.
Serve with a dollop of extra sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar on top. Voila! You’ve just made winter edible.

2. Chicken Tortilla Soup: A Fiesta in Your Mouth


1 lb chicken breasts (because poultry is the unsung hero of soups)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (because beans are the musical notes in this symphony)
1 cup corn kernels (because corn is the life of the party)
1 cup diced tomatoes (for that juicy burst)
1 jalapeño, minced (spice up your life)
1 onion, chopped (because an onion a day keeps blandness away)
3 cloves garlic, minced (to keep vampires and winter blues at bay)
1 teaspoon cumin (because life is bland without it)
1 teaspoon chili powder (for that smoky dance)
Salt and pepper to taste (because seasoning is still an art)

Cook the chicken breasts until they’re no longer clucking.
Shred the chicken like it just spilled the hottest gossip in the coop.
In a pot, sauté the onion, garlic, and jalapeño until your kitchen smells like a fiesta.
Add in the shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. Stir like you’re salsa dancing.
Sprinkle in the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Let the flavors dance together.
Simmer until you can’t resist the tantalizing aroma any longer.
Serve with tortilla chips and a sprinkle of cheese. Ole! You’ve just made winter a spicy celebration.

So, dear readers, grab your pots, pans, and a dash of creativity. Let’s turn National Homemade Soup Day into a slurping spectacular that leaves us all feeling warm, fuzzy, and a little bit like soup royalty. May your ladles be mighty and your soups even mightier!