Virtually all employers are covered by Oregon’s Employment Department Law (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.005 et seq.), including for example, those that:
• 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;
• Newspaper distributors who are minors; and
• Certain casual laborers (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.030 et seq.).