ORS 657.067¹
  • community work and training programs excluded
  • work study, work experience and work incentive programs excluded
  • exceptions

(1) As used in this chapter, “employment” does not include service performed or participation by applicants, recipients, beneficiaries, participants, trainees or volunteers:

(a) In a community work and training program, as defined in ORS 411.855 (Definitions for ORS 411.855 to 411.870).

(b) In an unemployment work-relief or work-training program when the program is within the meaning of section 3309(b)(5) of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, as amended.

(c) In the Work Incentive Program, Title IV of the Social Security Act (United States Public Law 90-248), as amended.

(d) In an AmeriCorps service program under the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12501 et seq.).

(2) The exclusions stated in subsection (1)(b) and (c) of this section do not apply to services performed by an individual participating in a program that, by federal law or regulation, requires unemployment insurance coverage to be provided to the individual. [1961 c.631 §6; 1965 c.291 §4; 1967 c.130 §9; 1975 c.107 §2; 1977 c.294 §2; 1979 c.267 §1; 1985 c.565 §87; 1987 c.857 §3; 2005 c.372 §1]

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 (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 657, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano657.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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