2017 ORS 656.031¹
Coverage for municipal volunteer personnel

(1) Except as provided in ORS 404.215 (Workers’ compensation coverage), all municipal personnel, other than those employed full-time, part-time, or substitutes therefor, shall, for the purpose of this chapter, be known as volunteer personnel and shall not be considered as workers unless the municipality has filed the election provided by this section.

(2) The county, city or other municipality utilizing volunteer personnel as specified in subsection (1) of this section may elect to have such personnel considered as subject workers for purposes of this chapter. Such election shall be made by filing a written application to the insurer, or in the case of a self-insured employer, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, that includes a resolution of the governing body declaring its intent to cover volunteer personnel as provided in subsection (1) of this section and a description of the work to be performed by such personnel. The application shall also state the estimated total number of volunteer personnel on a roster for each separate category for which coverage is elected. The county, city or other municipality shall notify the insurer, or in the case of self-insurers, the director, of changes in the estimated total number of volunteers.

(3) Upon receiving the written application the insurer or self-insured employer may fix assumed wage rates for the volunteer personnel, which may be used only for purposes of computations under this chapter, and shall require the regular payment of premiums or assessments based upon the estimated total numbers of such volunteers carried on the roster for each category being covered. The self-insured employer shall submit such assumed wage rates to the director. If the director finds that the rates are unreasonable, the director may fix appropriate rates to be used for purposes of this section.

(4) The county, city or municipality shall maintain separate official membership rosters for each category of volunteers. A certified copy of the official membership roster shall be furnished the insurer or director upon request. Persons covered under this section are entitled to the benefits of this chapter and they are entitled to such benefits if injured as provided in ORS 656.202 (Compensation payable to subject worker in accordance with law in effect at time of injury) while performing any duties arising out of and in the course of their employment as volunteer personnel, if the duties being performed are among those:

(a) Described on the application of the county, city or municipality; and

(b) Required of similar full-time paid employees.

(5) The filing of claims for benefits under this section is the exclusive remedy of a volunteer or a beneficiary of the volunteer for injuries compensable under this chapter against the state, its political subdivisions, their officers, employees, or any employer, regardless of negligence. [Formerly 656.088; 1969 c.527 §1; 1977 c.72 §1; 1979 c.815 §2; 1981 c.854 §5; 1981 c.874 §1; 2009 c.718 §14a]

Law Review Cita­tions

55 OLR 432-445 (1976); 16 WLR 519 (1979); 22 WLR 559 (1986)

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Notes of Decisions

Party having af­firm­a­tive of any issue must prove it by preponderance of evidence unless legislature fixes some different quantum of proof. Hutcheson v. Weyerhaeuser Co., 288 Or 51, 602 P2d 268 (1979)

Amend­ments to existing statutes and enact­ment of addi­tional statutes by 1995 legisla­tion generally apply to pending cases and to orders still ap­pealable on June 7, 1995, effective date. Volk v. America West Air­lines, 135 Or App 565, 899 P2d 746 (1995), Sup Ct review denied

Amend­ments to existing statutes and enact­ment of addi­tional statutes by 1995 legisla­tion do not extend or shorten procedural time limita­tions with regard to ac­tions taken prior to June 7, 1995, effective date. Motel 6 v. McMasters, 135 Or App 583, 899 P2d 1212 (1995)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Benefit unavailability for inmates engaged in prison work programs, (1996) Vol 48, p 134

Law Review Cita­tions

24 WLR 321, 341 (1988); 32 WLR 217 (1996)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 656—Workers’ Compensation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors656.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 656, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano656.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.