ORS 657.540¹
Lien on property of defaulting employer
  • recording
  • priority
  • foreclosure

(1) If an employer liable for the payment of contributions to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund is in default, as provided in ORS 657.515 (Delinquent taxes) (3), the amount of contributions, interest and penalties due shall be a lien in favor of the Director of the Employment Department upon all property, whether real or personal, belonging to such employer.

(2) The lien shall be perfected and attach:

(a) To real and personal property located within the county, upon the recording of a warrant, as provided in ORS 657.642 (Alternative remedies for collection of taxes, interest and penalties), with the clerk of the county in which the property is located.

(b) To personal property wherever located within the state, upon:

(A) The recording of a warrant, as provided in ORS 657.642 (Alternative remedies for collection of taxes, interest and penalties), with the clerk of any county; and

(B) The filing of a copy of the warrant with the Secretary of State as provided in ORS 657.542 (Filing liens and warrants with Secretary of State).

(3) The lien created by this section is prior to all liens and encumbrances recorded subsequent to the filing of notice of claim of lien, except state and county tax liens and labor liens.

(4) The lien created by this section may be foreclosed by a suit in the circuit court in the manner provided by law for the foreclosure of other liens on real or personal property. [Amended by 1965 c.359 §6; 1991 c.277 §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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