Oregon Unemployment Compensation laws & compensation compliance analysis

Oregon Unemployment Compensation: What you need to know

Virtually all employers are covered by Oregon’s Employment Department Law (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.005 et seq.), including for example, those that:
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• Had a total payroll of $1,000 or more during any calendar quarter; or
• Employed one or more individuals in each of 18 separate weeks during any calendar year (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.025).
Employers of domestic servants in private homes, local college clubs, or local fraternity or sorority houses are covered if they paid $1,000 or more in any quarter of the current or preceding calendar year (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.050).
Agricultural employers are covered if they paid $20,000 for agricultural labor in any quarter or employed 10 or more people in each of 20 different weeks (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.045).
The law excludes certain services from coverage, including, for example, services provided by:
• Students working for schools, colleges, or universities;
• Students working for work study programs;
• Spouses of students working for schools;
• Real estate and insurance salespersons;
• Student nurses;
• Hospital interns;
• Newspaper distributors who are minors; and
• Certain casual laborers (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.030et seq.).
Taxable wage base. For the current taxable wage base, visit http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Unemployment/Pages/default.aspx.
The term “wages” means all remuneration for employment, including the cash value of all noncash remuneration, except for domestic and agricultural labor (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.105).
Rates. Tax rates are determined each year. For the current taxable wage base, visit http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Unemployment/Pages/default.aspx.. New employers pay a ...

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