2017 ORS 657.170¹
Extending base year
  • limitation

(1) If the Director of the Employment Department finds that during the base year of the individual any individual has been incapable of work during the greater part of any calendar quarter, such base year shall be extended a calendar quarter. Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, no such extension of an individual’s base year shall exceed four calendar quarters.

(2) If the director finds that during and prior to the individual’s base year the individual has had a period of temporary total disability caused by illness or injury and has received compensation under ORS chapter 656 for a period of temporary total disability during the greater part of any calendar quarter, the individual’s base year shall be extended as many calendar quarters as necessary to establish a valid claim, up to a maximum of four calendar quarters prior to the quarter in which the illness or injury occurred, if the individual:

(a) Files a claim for benefits not later than the fourth calendar week of unemployment following whichever is the latest of the following dates:

(A) The date the individual is released to return to work by the attending physician, as defined in ORS chapter 656, or a nurse practitioner authorized to provide compensable medical services under ORS 656.245 (Medical services to be provided); or

(B) The date of mailing of a notice of claim closure pursuant to ORS chapter 656; and

(b) Files such a claim within the three-year period immediately following the commencement of such period of illness or injury.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, benefits payable as a result of the use of wages paid in a calendar quarter prior to the individual’s current base year shall not exceed one-third of such wages less benefits paid previously as a result of the use of such wages in computing a previous benefit determination. [Amended by 1953 c.646 §2; 1961 c.208 §1; 1989 c.235 §1; 1995 c.105 §5; 1999 c.313 §14; 2003 c.811 §§19,20; 2005 c.218 §§5,6; 2007 c.365 §10]

Notes of Decisions

Time limita­tion on filing for base year extension does not create arbitrary class in viola­tion of Oregon Constitu­tion Article I, Sec­tion 20. Thompson v. Employ­ment Division, 124 Or App 161, 861 P2d 371 (1993)

“Incapable of work” means inability to engage in any gainful occupa­tion due solely to physical or mental defect. DuBois v. Employ­ment Dept., 189 Or App 560, 77 P3d 641 (2003), Sup Ct review denied

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 (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 657, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano657.­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.