2015 ORS 656.234¹
Compensation not assignable nor to pass by operation of law
  • certain benefits subject to support obligations

(1) No moneys payable under this chapter on account of injuries or death are subject to assignment prior to their receipt by the beneficiary entitled thereto, nor shall they pass by operation of law. All such moneys and the right to receive them are exempt from seizure on execution, attachment or garnishment, or by the process of any court.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section:

(a) Moneys payable under ORS 656.210 (Temporary total disability) and 656.212 (Temporary partial disability) are subject to an order to enforce child support obligations, and spousal support when there is a current support obligation for a joint child of the obligated parent and the person to whom spousal support is owed, under ORS 25.378 (Payment of support by income withholding); and

(b) Moneys payable under ORS 656.206 (Permanent total disability), 656.214 (Permanent partial disability), 656.236 (Compromise and release of claim matters except for medical benefits) and 656.289 (Orders of Administrative Law Judge) (4) are subject to an order to enforce child support obligations under ORS 25.378 (Payment of support by income withholding).

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of ORS 25.378 (Payment of support by income withholding) and 25.414 (Standard amount to be withheld), the amount of child support obligation subject to enforcement may not exceed:

(a) One-fourth of moneys paid under ORS 656.210 (Temporary total disability) and 656.212 (Temporary partial disability) or the amount of the current support to be paid as continuing support, whichever is less, or, if there is no current support obligation and the withholding is for arrearages only, 15 percent of the moneys paid under ORS 656.210 (Temporary total disability) and 656.212 (Temporary partial disability) or the amount previously paid as current support, whichever is less;

(b) One-half of moneys paid in a lump sum award under ORS 656.210 (Temporary total disability) and 656.212 (Temporary partial disability) when the award becomes final by operation of law or waiver of the right to appeal its adequacy;

(c) One-half of moneys paid under ORS 656.206 (Permanent total disability), 656.214 (Permanent partial disability) and 656.236 (Compromise and release of claim matters except for medical benefits); or

(d) One-half of the net proceeds paid to the worker in a disputed claim settlement under ORS 656.289 (Orders of Administrative Law Judge) (4).

(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, when withholding is only for arrearages assigned to this or another state, the Department of Justice may set a lesser amount to be withheld if the obligor demonstrates the withholding is prejudicial to the obligor’s ability to provide for a child the obligor has a duty to support. [Amended by 1967 c.468 §1; 1989 c.520 §2; 1991 c.758 §3; 1993 c.48 §1; 1993 c.798 §22; 1995 c.272 §2; 2001 c.455 §26; 2003 c.73 §70; 2011 c.317 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Workers compensa­tion award which had been paid to worker and deposited by him in bank account was not exempt from attach­ment and garnish­ment. McCabe v. Fee, 279 Or 437, 568 P2d 661 (1977)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Wage assign­ments of workers compensa­tion for child support, (1978) Vol 38, p 1690

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 (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 656, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano656.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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.