2007 ORS 18.375¹

As used in this section and ORS 18.385 (Wage exemption):

(1) "Disposable earnings" means that part of the earnings of an individual remaining after the deduction from those earnings of any amounts required to be withheld by law.

(2) "Earnings" means compensation paid or payable for personal services, whether denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus or otherwise, and includes periodic payments pursuant to a pension or retirement program.

(3) "Employer" means any entity or individual who engages a person to perform work or services for which compensation is given in periodic payments or otherwise, even though the relationship of the person so engaged to the employer may be as an independent contractor for other purposes.

(4) "Garnishment" means any legal or equitable procedure through which the earnings of an individual are required to be withheld for payment of a debt. "Garnishment" does not include the procedure authorized by ORS 25.372 (Applicability) to 25.427 (Rules), 419B.408 (Enforcement of support order) or 419C.600 (Enforcement) or ORS chapter 110. [Formerly 23.175]

Notes of Decisions

Workers' Compensa­tion benefits exemp­tion from garnish­ment includes exemp­tion from garnish­ment for en­force­­ment of child support obliga­tions. Satterfield v. Satterfield, 292 Or 780, 643 P2d 336 (1982)

As used in defini­tion of "earnings," "retire­ment program" has same meaning given to "retire­ment plan" under ORS 23.170 (renumbered ORS 18.358 (Certain retirement plans exempt from execution)). Hobson v. Hobson, 136 Or App 516, 901 P2d 914 (1995)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Computa­tion of amount subject to garnish­ment where employe's wages subject both to court-ordered wage assign­ment for child or spousal support and to wage garnish­ment, (1979) Vol 39, p 457

Law Review Cita­tions

48 WLR 1 (2004)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 18—Judgments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­018.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 18, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­018ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.