2017 ORS 656.041¹
City or county may elect to provide coverage for jail inmates

(1) As used in this section, unless the context requires otherwise:

(a) “Authorized employment” means the employment of an inmate on work authorized by the governing body of a city or county.

(b) “Inmate” means a person sentenced by any court or legal authority, whether in default of the payment of a fine or committed for a definite number of days, to serve sentence in a city or county jail or other place of incarceration except state and federal institutions. “Inmate” includes a person who performs community service pursuant to ORS 137.128 (Community service as part of sentence), whether or not the person is incarcerated.

(2) A city or county may elect to have inmates performing authorized employment considered as subject workers of the city or county for purposes of this chapter. Such election shall be made by 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 inmates as provided in this section and a description of the work to be performed by such inmates. The application shall also state the estimated total number of inmates for which coverage is requested. The county or city shall notify the insurer or director of changes in the estimated total number of inmates performing authorized employment.

(3) Upon receiving the written application the insurer or self-insured employer may fix assumed wage rates for the inmates, 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 number of such inmates for which coverage is requested. 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 city or county shall maintain a separate list of inmates performing authorized employment. A certified copy of the list shall be furnished the insurer or director upon request. Inmates 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 participation in the authorized employment, provided the duties being performed are among those described on the application of the city or county.

(5) The filing of claims for benefits under this section is the exclusive remedy of an inmate or a beneficiary of the inmate for injuries compensable under this chapter against a city or county and its officers and employees, regardless of negligence. [1967 c.472 §§2,3; 1977 c.807 §1; 1979 c.815 §4; 1981 c.854 §7; 1981 c.874 §3; 1983 c.706 §2]

Law Review Cita­tions

27 WLR 112 (1991)

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.