ORS 657.295¹
Witness fees
  • disputed claim expenses
  • counsel
  • fees

(1) Witnesses other than parties subpoenaed in proceedings involving ORS 657.265 (Notice of claim filing to employing unit or agent of employing unit), 657.266 (Initial determination of eligibility and amount of benefits) to 657.269 (Decision final unless hearing requested), 657.270 (Hearing upon decision) to 657.280 (General procedure and records concerning disputed claims) or 657.290 (Continuous jurisdiction of director) shall be allowed fees at a rate fixed by the Director of the Employment Department. Fees and all expenses of proceedings before the director or the Employment Appeals Board involving disputed claims, excepting charge for services rendered by counsel or other agent representing the claimant, employer or other interested person, are deemed a part of the expense of administering this chapter, and an individual claiming benefits may not be charged fees of any kind in any proceedings under this chapter by the director or representatives of the director.

(2) Notwithstanding any other law, a person in any proceeding before the director or Employment Appeals Board may be represented by counsel or other agent authorized by such person. No counsel or agent representing an individual who is claiming benefits shall charge or receive for the services more than an amount approved by the director. As used in this subsection, “person” has the meaning defined in ORS 174.100 (Definitions) and also includes this state and all political subdivisions of this state. [Amended by 1959 c.583 §21; 1969 c.161 §1; 1983 c.147 §1; 1993 c.778 §14; 2011 c.22 §4]

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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