2017 ORS 656.039¹
Election of coverage for workers not subject to law
  • procedure
  • cancellation
  • election of coverage for home health care workers

This section is amended
Effective January 1, 2019
Relating to training for care providers; creating new provisions; and amending ORS 124.050, 183.459, 192.365, 410.596, 410.600, 410.603, 410.604, 410.606, 410.607, 410.608, 410.612, 410.614, 410.619, 410.625, 410.631, 410.632, 419B.005, 430.735, 441.630, 443.004, 443.006, 653.601, 653.646, 656.039, 656.268 and 657.730 and section 4, chapter 796, Oregon Laws 2015.

(1) An employer of one or more persons defined as nonsubject workers or not defined as subject workers may elect to make them subject workers. If the employer is or becomes a carrier-insured employer, the election shall be made by filing written notice thereof with the insurer with a copy to the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. The effective date of coverage is governed by ORS 656.419 (Workers’ compensation insurance contracts) (3). If the employer is or becomes a self-insured employer, the election shall be made by filing written notice thereof with the director, the effective date of coverage to be the date specified in the notice.

(2) Any election under subsection (1) of this section may be canceled by written notice thereof to the insurer or, in the case of a self-insured employer, by notice thereof to the director. The cancellation is effective at 12 midnight ending the day the notice is received by the insurer or the director, unless a later date is specified in the notice. The insurer shall, within 10 days after receipt of a notice of cancellation under this section, send a copy of the notice to the director.

(3) When necessary the insurer or the director shall fix assumed minimum or maximum wages for persons made subject workers under this section.

(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a person or employer not subject to this chapter who elects to become covered may apply to an insurer for coverage. An insurer other than the State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation may provide such coverage. However, the State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation shall accept any written notice filed and provide coverage as provided in this section if all subject workers of the employers will be insured with the State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation and the coverage of those subject workers is not considered by the State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation to be a risk properly assignable to the assigned risk pool.

(5)(a) The Home Care Commission created by ORS 410.602 (Home Care Commission) shall elect coverage on behalf of persons who employ home care workers to make home care workers subject workers.

(b) As used in this subsection, “home care worker” has the meaning given that term in ORS 410.600 (Definitions for ORS 410.595 to 410.625). [1965 c.285 §11; 1975 c.556 §22; 1979 c.839 §1; 1981 c.854 §6; 1983 c.816 §1; 1985 c.212 §2; 2007 c.241 §8; 2007 c.835 §1; 2010 c.100 §9; 2014 c.116 §12]

Notes of Decisions

Written notice of coverage elec­tion can be provided by means other than applica­tion and acceptance. Quadel Industries v. Luckman, 95 Or App 612, 770 P2d 928 (1989)

Where claimant, home care worker, sustained injury performing ac­tivity that was not included on list for which claimant was compensated by Depart­ment of Human Services but was connected with care for client, claimant is subject worker for purposes of workers’ compensa­tion coverage. SAIF v. Tono, 265 Or App 525, 336 P3d 565 (2014)

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.