ORS 657.015¹

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, "employee" means any person, including aliens and minors, employed for remuneration or under any contract of hire, written or oral, express or implied, by an employer subject to this chapter in an employment subject to this chapter. "Employee" does not include a person who volunteers or donates services performed for no remuneration or without expectation or contemplation of remuneration as the adequate consideration for the services performed for a religious or charitable institution or a governmental entity. [Amended by 1999 c.734 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Although members of co­op­er­a­tive performed services in return for patronage dividends, which are share of profit in propor­tion to amount of work performed, and although in absence of profits they might not receive any compensa­tion, members received "remunera­tion" within meaning of this sec­tion, making co­op­er­a­tive liable for unemploy­ment insurance contribu­tions. Emp. Div. v. Surata Soy Foods, 63 Or App 221, 662 P2d 810 (1983)

Pay­ments to proctor parents caring for difficult foster children in their homes were subject to payroll taxes for unemploy­ment insurance. Youth Care Services v. Employ­ment Division, 91 Or App 145, 754 P2d 25 (1988)

Where peti­tioner distributes appliances to retail stores but has no control over how sales are made and at what prices or whether spiff program will be imple­mented at particular retail es­tab­lish­ment, service to peti­tioner is too indirect to constitute "employ­ment" and peti­tioner is not subject to payroll taxes for unemploy­ment insurance. North Pacific Supply Co., Inc. v. Emp. Div., 100 Or App 553, 787 P2d 495 (1990), Sup Ct review denied

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Notes of Decisions

An individual who performs services for remunera­tion is an employee, and per­son or organiza­tion for whom services are performed is an employer under terms of Employ­ment Division Law even if remunera­tion is paid indirectly rather than directly unless employer shows that some statutory exclusion applies. Lectro Lift, Inc. v. Morgan, 14 Or App 316, 513 P2d 526 (1973)

Mere act of incorporating as professional corpora­tion does not, by itself, create employer-employee rela­tionship for purposes of this chapter. Peterson v. Employ­ment Division, 82 Or App 371, 728 P2d 95 (1986)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Determining employer of musicians' group, (1972) Vol 35, p 1306

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 657—Unemployment Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors657.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 657, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­657ano.­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. Currency Information