ORS 657.685¹
Employment Appeals Board
  • confirmation
  • quorum
  • meetings
  • duties
  • staffing
  • rules

(1) The Employment Appeals Board hereby is created within the Employment Department.

(2) The Employment Appeals Board consists of three members who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Except for pro tempore appointments, appointments of members are subject to confirmation by the Senate in the manner provided in ORS 171.562 (Procedures for confirmation) and 171.565 (Vote required for confirmation). In the selection of the members of the Employment Appeals Board, the Governor shall give due consideration to the interests of labor, industry and the public. Not more than two of the members of said board shall belong to the same political party. The Governor shall designate one of the members of the Employment Appeals Board to serve as its chairperson with duties and powers necessary for the performance of the function of such office as the Governor determines. In the event of an absence or as required by the workload, the chairperson may appoint, with the approval of the Governor, pro tempore members to serve for a period not to exceed 90 days.

(3) A majority of the Employment Appeals Board constitutes a quorum.

(4) The Employment Appeals Board shall meet at such times and places as specified by the chairperson.

(5) The director shall provide the Employment Appeals Board with such staff as is required by the workload, subject to budgetary limitations.

(6) The Employment Department shall adopt procedural rules proposed by the Employment Appeals Board necessary for the discharge of the board’s duties. Such rules need not conform to common law or statutory rules of evidence and other technical rules of procedure. [1959 c.583 §12; 1969 c.597 §186; 1973 c.792 §30; 1975 c.426 §1; 1983 c.522 §9; 1987 c.894 §10; 1993 c.344 §22]

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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