ORS 657.396¹
Alternative to civil collection action
  • procedure

(1) In any case in which the Director of the Employment Department may bring a civil action for the collection of amounts liable to be repaid under ORS 657.310 (Recovery or deduction of benefits paid because of misrepresentation by recipient), interest on those amounts or penalties, the director may instead:

(a) Assess a collection charge of $5 if the amount liable to be repaid, the interest then due or the penalty exceeds $10.

(b) Issue a warrant under official seal directed to the sheriff of any county of the state commanding the sheriff to levy upon and sell the real and personal property of the individual found within that county, for the payment of the amount liable to be repaid with the added interest, penalty, collection charge and the sheriff’s cost of executing the warrant, and to return the warrant to the director and pay to the director the money collected by virtue of the warrant by a time to be specified in the warrant, but not less than 60 days from the date of the warrant.

(2) The sheriff shall, within five days after the receipt of the warrant, record with the clerk of the county a copy of the warrant, and thereupon the clerk shall enter in the County Clerk Lien Record the name of the individual mentioned in the warrant and the amount liable to be repaid, interest, penalty and collection charge for which the warrant is issued and the date when the copy is recorded. Thereupon the amount of the warrant so recorded shall become a lien upon the title to and interest in property of the individual against whom it is issued in the same manner as a judgment that creates a judgment lien under ORS chapter 18. The sheriff thereupon shall proceed upon the same in all respects, with like effect and in the same manner prescribed by law in respect to executions issued against property upon the judgment of a court of record, and shall be entitled to the same fees for services in executing the warrant, to be added to and collected as a part of the warrant liability.

(3) In the discretion of the director, a warrant of like terms, force and effect may be issued and directed to any agent authorized by the director to collect amounts liable to be repaid and in the execution of the warrant the agent shall have all the powers conferred by law upon sheriffs, but is entitled to no fee or compensation in excess of actual expenses paid in the performance of the agent’s duty.

(4) If a warrant is returned not satisfied in full, the director has the same remedies to enforce the claim for amounts due, interest and penalty against the individual as if the director had recovered judgment against the individual for the amount liable to be repaid, interest and penalty.

(5) Interest upon the amounts liable to be repaid and the penalty as set forth in the warrant shall be paid and collected at the rate prescribed in ORS 657.310 (Recovery or deduction of benefits paid because of misrepresentation by recipient). [1997 c.372 §7; 2003 c.576 §216; 2007 c.87 §4]

Chapter 657

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