Workers’ Compensation

ORS 656.132
Coverage of minors


A minor working at an age legally permitted under the laws of this state is considered sui juris for the purpose of this chapter. No other person shall have any cause of action or right to compensation for an injury to such minor worker, except as expressly provided in this chapter, but in the event of a lump-sum payment becoming due under this chapter to such minor worker, the control and management of any sum so paid shall be within the jurisdiction of the courts as in the case of other property of minors.


If an employer subject to this chapter in good faith employed a minor under the age permitted by law, believing the minor to be of lawful age, and the minor sustains an injury or suffers death in such employment, the minor is conclusively presumed to have accepted the provisions of this chapter. The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services may determine conclusively the good faith of such employer unless the employer possessed at the time of the accident resulting in such injury or death a certificate from some duly constituted authority of this state authorizing the employment of the minor in the work in which the minor was then engaged. Such certificate is conclusive evidence of the good faith of such employer.


If the employer holds no such certificate and the director finds that the employer did not employ such minor in good faith, the minor is entitled to the benefits of this chapter, but the employer shall pay to the Consumer and Business Services Fund by way of penalty a sum equal to 25 percent of the amount paid out or set apart under such statutes on account of the injury or death of such minor, but such penalty shall be not less than $100 nor exceed $500. [Amended by 1959 c.448 §13; 1985 c.212 §3]

Notes of Decisions

Employment of minor in bad faith does not defeat exclusivity of workers’ compensation remedy for injury. Rangel v. Denton Plastics, Inc., 148 Or App 328, 939 P2d 644 (1997)


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May 26, 2023