ORS 657.516¹
Liability of certain officers, members, partners and employees for amounts in default

(1) In the case of default by an employer, as provided in ORS 657.515 (Delinquent taxes), a person described in subsection (2) of this section who, as an officer, member, partner or employee, is under a duty to perform the actions required by employers under this chapter shall be personally liable for amounts due under this chapter. More than one person may be jointly and severally liable under this section.

(2) This section shall apply only to a person who is one or more of the following:

(a) An officer or employee of a corporation;

(b) A member or employee of a limited liability company; or

(c) A partner in or employee of a limited liability partnership.

(3) If the Director of the Employment Department determines that an amount is due under this section, the director shall issue a notice of assessment to the person liable under this section mailed to the person’s last-known address of record with the director.

(4) If the director has reason to believe that the person liable under this section is insolvent, the director may issue a jeopardy assessment as provided by ORS 657.681 (Computation and assessment of employer contributions and interest) (4).

(5) Amounts assessed under this section may be reviewed in the manner provided by ORS 657.681 (Computation and assessment of employer contributions and interest) (5). [2009 c.79 §3]

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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