Employment Services Industry Licensing Guide
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Oregon Employment Agency

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Licensing requirements for Oregon employment, staffing and talent agencies.

This page provides an overview of employment services licensing in Oregon for individuals and agencies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide employment services in Oregon must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the services offered, businesses may need to apply for more than one license type, and in some cases, an individual license will be required as well.

Company Licenses

Oregon Employment Services Company Licenses

Companies acting as employment agencies in Oregon must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

Oregon Employment Agency License

Not required



Employment Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.

Oregon Talent Agency License

Not required



Talent Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Oregon.

Oregon Worker Leasing License

Agency:Oregon Workers' Compensation Division
Law:

OAR 436-180-0140

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

Oregon law requires the worker leasing company (professional employer organization/PEO) and all of the PEO’s Oregon clients to have workers’ compensation insurance. The PEO must maintain coverage even if the PEO has no non-leased administrative staff in the state and all clients carry their own coverage.

Fact Checked:6/8/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Worker Leasing License Application

Filing Method:

Email to WorkerLeasing.WCD@oregon.gov

Agency Fee:

$2,050 due upon approval

Notarize:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Signed releases for tax compliance verification:

  • Written procedures that demonstrate how the applicant will ensure its clients provide adequate training, supervision, and instruction to meet the requirements of ORS chapter 654.
  • A list of all states where the applicant operates as a worker leasing company. For each, identify license, registration, or certification numbers, expiration dates, and disclose any that are not in good standing.
  • If no states are listed under the item above, attach a description of applicant’s experience, training, or education that demonstrates competency in providing worker leasing services. Experience, training, or education listed for each controlling person on will also be considered.
  • Disclosure Addendum (if applicable)
  • Controlling Person affidavit for each controlling person
Fact Checked:6/8/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Worker Leasing License Application - Renewal

Filing Method:

Email to WorkerLeasing.WCD@oregon.gov

Agency Fee:

$2,050

Due:

Licenses expire biennially by the date of issuance. Renewal applications should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration date.

Notarize:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Signed releases for tax compliance verification:

  • Written procedures that demonstrate how the applicant will ensure its clients provide adequate training, supervision, and instruction to meet the requirements of ORS chapter 654 (only if changes have been made)
  • A list of all states where the applicant operates as a worker leasing company. For each, identify license, registration, or certification numbers, expiration dates, and disclose any that are not in good standing.
  • If no states are listed under the item above, attach a description of applicant’s experience, training, or education that demonstrates competency in providing worker leasing services. Experience, training, or education listed for each controlling person on will also be considered.
  • Disclosure Addendum (if applicable)
  • Controlling Person affidavit for each controlling person
  • Oregon client list including who provides coverage
Fact Checked:6/8/21

Oregon Worker Leasing License - Limited

Agency:Oregon Workers' Compensation Division
Law:

OAR 436-180-0140

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

Oregon law requires the worker leasing company (professional employer organization/PEO) and all of the PEO’s Oregon clients to have workers’ compensation insurance. The PEO must maintain coverage even if the PEO has no non-leased administrative staff in the state and all clients carry their own coverage.

Notes:

To qualify for a limited license, the applicant must meet all of the following:

  • Be licensed or certified in one of the states listed under item 3(c) below (Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas)
  • Have no more than two Oregon clients
  • Have no more than a total of five leased workers in Oregon
  • Be domiciled in a state other than Oregon
  • Not maintain an Oregon location
  • Not directly solicit clients located or domiciled in Oregon
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:6/14/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Worker Leasing License Application - Limited

Filing Method:

Email to WorkerLeasing.WCD@oregon.gov

Agency Fee:

$2,050 due upon approval

Notarize:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Signed releases for tax compliance verification:

  • Written procedures that demonstrate how the applicant will ensure its clients provide adequate training, supervision, and instruction to meet the requirements of ORS chapter 654.
  • A copy of current licenses or registrations issued by other states.
  • Client information
Fact Checked:6/14/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Worker Leasing License Application - Limited (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Email to WorkerLeasing.WCD@oregon.gov

Agency Fee:

$2,050

Due:

Licenses expire biennially by the date of issuance. Renewal applications should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration date.

Notarize:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Signed releases for tax compliance verification:

  • Written procedures that demonstrate how the applicant will ensure its clients provide adequate training, supervision, and instruction to meet the requirements of ORS chapter 654 (only if changes have been made)
  • A copy of current licenses or registrations issued by other states.
  • Client information
Fact Checked:6/14/21

Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.

Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.

Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)

American Staffing Association
Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solution industry advocacy group.

National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Education and training oriented association for personnel services providers.

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Provides advocacy efforts, information, and other services to members of the employment industry.

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