ORS 657.855¹
Benefits not assignable
  • waiver of rights invalid

(1) Except as provided in this section, benefits due under this chapter may not be assigned, pledged, encumbered, released or commuted. Benefits due under this chapter shall, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, be exempt from all claims of creditors and from levy, execution and attachment or remedy for recovery or collection of a debt, and the exemption may not be waived. No agreement by an individual to waive the individual’s rights under this chapter is valid.

(2) The exemption from execution or other process granted under this section applies to only 50 percent of benefits payable under this chapter if the execution or other process is issued for a child support obligation or an order or notice entered pursuant to ORS 25.501 (Definitions for ORS 25.501 to 25.556) to 25.556 (Expeditious court hearings) or ORS chapter 25, 107, 108, 109, 110, 419B or 419C and the child support obligation or the order or notice is being enforced pursuant to a plan approved under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. [Amended by 1982 s.s.1 c.30 §10; 1989 c.520 §3; 1991 c.115 §2; 1999 c.745 §6; 2003 c.572 §20; 2011 c.317 §3; 2019 c.13 §63]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Agree­ment of leader of musicians’ group to pay tax, (1972) Vol 35, p 1306

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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