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The Spinnaker Place Building in Salem houses The Workers' Compensation Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Spinnaker Place Building in Salem houses The Workers' Compensation Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

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.


Contact Information

Address: 2601 25th St. SE, Suite 150, Salem 97302-1280
Phone: 503-378-3308
Fax: 503-373-1684
Contact: Holly Somers, Chair
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Karen Burton
Records Officer Email: Karen Burton
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 656
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency (part of DCBS)
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency (part of DCBS)
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog