2015 ORS 657.020¹
Employing unit

(1) As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, "employing unit" means:

(a) Any individual or type of organization, including any partnership, association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, trust, estate, joint stock company, insurance company or corporation, whether domestic or foreign, or the receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, trustee, or successor thereof, or the legal representative of a deceased person, who has or had in its employ one or more individuals performing services for it within this state.

(b) This state, including every state officer, board, commission, department, institution, branch and agency of the state government.

(c) Any people’s utility district.

(d) Any political subdivision.

(e) Any Indian tribe or subdivision, subsidiary or business enterprise wholly owned by an Indian tribe.

(2) All individuals performing services within this state for any employing unit that maintains two or more separate establishments within this state are deemed to be employed by a single employing unit for all the purposes of this chapter, except that for the purposes of this chapter each of the various agencies, boards, commissions, departments, institutions and political subdivisions of this state shall be deemed separate employing units. [Amended by 1955 c.655 §1; 1957 c.682 §1; 1959 c.398 §1; 1973 c.715 §1; 1977 c.295 §1; 1995 c.93 §37; 1997 c.646 §14; 2001 c.572 §1]

Notes of Decisions

List of entities included within defini­tion of "organiza­tion" does not limit scope of defini­tion to similar types of entity. Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon v. Employ­ment Dept., 165 Or App 65, 995 P2d 580 (2000)

Indian tribe is organiza­tion capable of being employing unit. Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon v. Employ­ment Dept., 165 Or App 65, 995 P2d 580 (2000)

"Employing unit" generally applies to any unit that provides remunera­tion for pro­vi­sion of services. Gross v. Employ­ment Depart­ment, 237 Or App 671, 240 P3d 1130 (2010)

Chapter 657

Notes of Decisions

An individual who performs services for remunera­tion is an employee, and per­son or organiza­tion for whom services are performed is an employer under terms of Employ­ment Division Law even if remunera­tion is paid indirectly rather than directly unless employer shows that some statutory exclusion applies. Lectro Lift, Inc. v. Morgan, 14 Or App 316, 513 P2d 526 (1973)

Mere act of incorporating as professional corpora­tion does not, by itself, create employer-employee rela­tionship for purposes of this chapter. Peterson v. Employ­ment Division, 82 Or App 371, 728 P2d 95 (1986)

Determina­tion of whether claimant is qualified for benefits is made by reference to ORS 657.150 (Amount of benefits) and 657.155 (Benefit eligibility conditions), which require determina­tion of amount of work that claimant performed in "employ­ment" as defined in ORS chapter 657, which, in turn means that exclusions from "employ­ment" set out in ORS 657.040 (Employment) through 657.094 (Employment) must be considered. May Trucking Co. v. Employ­ment Dept., 251 Or App 555, 284 P3d 553 (2012)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Determining employer of musicians' group, (1972) Vol 35, p 1306


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 657—Unemployment Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors657.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 657, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano657.­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.