2015 ORS § 652.190¹
Payment of wages to surviving spouse or dependent children

All wages earned by an employee, not exceeding $10,000, shall, upon the employees death, become due and payable to the employees surviving spouse, or if there is no surviving spouse, the dependent children, or their guardians or the conservators of their estates, in equal shares, to the same extent as if the wages had been earned by such surviving spouse or dependent children. As used in this section, wages means compensation of employees based on time worked or output of production and includes every form of remuneration payable for a given period to an individual for personal services. [Amended by 1971 c.448 §1; 1981 c.594 §1; 1997 c.52 §1]