ORS 657.557¹
Remedies for collection of contributions not exclusive
  • prevailing party in civil action to recover costs

(1) Remedies given to the Director of the Employment Department under this chapter for the collection of contributions, interest and penalties shall be cumulative and no action taken by the director or the duly authorized representative of the director, the Attorney General, or any other officer, shall be construed to be an election on the part of the state or any of its officers to pursue any remedy to the exclusion of any other.

(2) In any civil action brought under this section, the prevailing party is entitled to recover from the opposing party or parties reasonable costs and attorney fees to be fixed by the court upon entry of a final order or judgment in favor of the prevailing party in a court hearing, trial or on appeal. [1959 c.598 §5; 1991 c.607 §1; 2003 c.576 §533]

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