Oregon Department of Employment says modernized computer system on track to launch in fall

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Department of Employment said Thursday that its modernized computer system is scheduled to launch in September.

The new system is called Frances Online, named for Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945 and the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, the agency said in its update.

The first phase of Frances Online will replace the Oregon Payroll Reporting System (OPRS) to support combined payroll reporting, including unemployment insurance taxes, workers’ benefit fund, deductions at the state source, Lane and TriMet transit taxes. The current deployment schedule for Frances Online is:

  • September 2022 – Frances Online replaces OPRS for combined payroll declarations.
  • January 2023 – Frances Online supports statewide transit tax and paid family and medical leave insurance trust fund contributions.
  • September 2023 – Customers begin using Frances Online to request and receive paid leave from the Paid Medical and Family Leave Insurance Program.
  • March 2024 – Clients are starting to use Frances Online to apply for and receive unemployment insurance benefits.

“Our dedicated planning and hard work are paying off,” said interim director David Gerstenfeld. “It’s exciting to be at this phase of the project after the extensive and comprehensive monitoring process. All the steps are in place to ensure that we create a system that will truly support Oregonians and businesses.

Currently, the Employment Service Modernization team is conducting focus groups with employers and third-party administrators to ensure the system is as user-friendly as possible. All third-party employers and administrators are welcome to participate. Interested individuals should contact the modernization team at [email protected]

Gordon K. Morehouse