(1)An Authorized Agency may, within the limits of its delegation under OAR 125-246-0170 (Delegation of Authority) and its legislatively approved budget, Contract for Services with Providers who are Independent Contractors.
(2)“Independent Contractor” means a Person who provides services to an Authorized Agency in which the Authorized Agency neither controls nor has the right to control the means or manner by which Work is performed. The Authorized Agency may control the results of the services, but not control the means or manner of Contractor’s performance of the Work.
(3)Within the parameters of employment, Workers’ compensation, and other relevant state and federal laws, and after determining that the contract will not violate any collective bargaining agreements, an Authorized Agency may contract for Services when:
(a)The Work cannot be done in a reasonable time with the Authorized Agency’s own Workforce;
(b)An independent and impartial evaluation is required; or
(c)It will be less expensive to contract for the Work.
(4)The Authorized Agency may not use Services Contracts to obtain and pay for the services of an employee. If a Contractor is not an Independent Contractor, the Authorized Agency may not enter into a Services Contract with the Contractor; instead, the Authorized Agency must follow personnel policies for employment options.
(5)Independent Contractor Status. The Authorized Agency must develop a Statement of Work for Services, including Architectural, Engineering, Photogrammetric Mapping, Transportation Planning or Land Surveying Services, and Related Services, that will not result in an employee relationship with the potential Contractor. Contractors must complete the Independent Contractor Certification either as a contract provision or on a form approved by the Chief Procurement Officer (Independent Contractor Certification). If the Contractor cannot certify Independent Contractor status, the Authorized Agency may not contract with the Contractor using a Services Contract, including Architectural, Engineering, Photogrammetric Mapping, Transportation Planning or Land Surveying Services, and Related Services, except as otherwise allowed in Subsection (5)(f) of this Rule:
(a)An Independent Contractor Certification must be part of each Contract;
(b)If the Contractor is a corporation, the Independent Contractor Certification is still required.
(c)If the nature of the Services or project is such that an employee/employer relationship will exist, the Authorized Agency must hire the individual through normal personnel procedures.
(d)The Contract must include the Contractor’s legal name and address. Either the Contract or a separate cover sheet for the Contract must include the Contractor’s Social Security or federal tax identification number.
(e)The Contract must provide that the Contractor is responsible for federal Social Security, except those categories excluded by law, and for any federal or state taxes applicable to the contract payment.
(f)When a Contractor cannot certify that the Contractor meets the definition of “independent contractor,” is customarily engaged in an independently established business, and meets at least three of the requirements for such a business in accordance with ORS 670.600 (Independent contractor defined), then the Authorized Agency may contract with the Contractor only if the Designated Procurement Officer of the Authorized Agency approves the Contract upon a determination that the Contractor is an Independent Contractor and the Contract will not result in undue risk to the State.
(g)For compliance with the tax laws in accordance with ORS 279B.110 (Responsibility of bidders and proposers), see OAR 125-246-0330 (Supplier Requirements).
Rule 125-246-0333 — Independent Contractors,