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Workers' Compensation: Oregon

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Kevin Hess, Fisher Phillips


  • All Oregon employers that are required to provide workers' compensation coverage must also post a specific notice in the workplace. See Notice Requirements.
  • Almost all employers must have workers' compensation insurance or be self-insured, with limited exceptions. See Covered Employers.
  • All employees, whether full-time or part-time, are covered by workers' compensation, with some exceptions. See Covered Employees.
  • Any injury that occurs while working and requires the injured employee to seek the aid of a medical provider is generally covered under workers' compensation. See Compensable Injuries and Illnesses.
  • Employers may not be liable for certain injuries incurred under specific circumstances. See Employer Defenses to Workers' Compensation Claims.
  • Workers' compensation pays for all medical costs as well as partial wage-replacement due to lost time injury. See Other Benefits.
  • Claims must be reported in a timely manner. Oregon law provides a procedure to resolve disputed claims. See Claims Procedure.
  • Oregon employers are prohibited from retaliating against workers who apply for benefits under workers' compensation. See Retaliation and Discrimination.