Oregon’s workers’ compensation system was created in 1913, and the duties of the board were established to resolve workers’ compensation disputes. The Workers’ Compensation Board became its own agency in 1965 and provides timely and impartial resolution of disputes arising under the Workers’ Compensation Law and the Oregon Safe Employment Act.
The board is a five-member body appointed by the governor for four-year terms, subject to Senate confirmation. The board conducts contested case hearings and provides mediation for workers’ compensation matters, as well as for Oregon OSHA citations and orders. The board is the appellate body that reviews administrative law judge workers’ compensation orders on appeal, exercises own motion jurisdiction, and reviews Claim Disposition Agreements (Compromise and Release of workers’ benefits). Also, the board hears appeals from Oregon Department of Justice decisions regarding applications for compensation under the Crime Victim Assistance Program and resolves disputes between workers and workers’ compensation carriers arising from workers’ civil actions against third parties.
Address: 2601 25th St. SE, Suite 150, Salem 97302-1280
Contact: Holly Somers, Chair
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Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 656
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