Workers' Compensation

ORS 656.017
Employer required to pay compensation and perform other duties

  • state not authorized to be direct responsibility employer


Every employer subject to this chapter shall maintain assurance with the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services that subject workers of the employer and their beneficiaries will receive compensation for compensable injuries as provided by this chapter and that the employer will perform all duties and pay other obligations required under this chapter, by qualifying:


As a carrier-insured employer; or


As a self-insured employer as provided by ORS 656.407 (Qualifications of insured employers).


Notwithstanding ORS chapter 278, this state shall provide compensation insurance for its employees through the State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation.


Any employer required by the statutes of this state other than this chapter or by the rules, regulations, contracts or procedures of any agency of the federal government, this state or a political subdivision of this state to provide or agree to provide workers’ compensation coverage, either directly or through bond requirements, may provide such coverage by any method provided in this section. [1975 c.556 §21 (enacted in lieu of 656.016); 1977 c.659 §1; 1979 c.815 §1; 1981 c.854 §3; 1985 c.731 §30]

See also annotations under ORS 656.016 in permanent edition.

Notes of Decisions

Where "labor broker" supplied temporary worker to work at defendant's premises and defendant's fee to broker included workers' compensation protection for plaintiff, defendant was "complying employer." Robinson v. Omark Industries, 46 Or App 263, 611 P2d 665 (1980)

Law Review Citations

27 WLR 81 (1991)

§§ 656.001 to 656.794

Law Review Citations

55 OLR 432-445 (1976); 16 WLR 519 (1979); 22 WLR 559 (1986)

Chapter 656

Notes of Decisions

Party having affirmative of any issue must prove it by preponderance of evidence unless legislature fixes some different quantum of proof. Hutcheson v. Weyerhaeuser Co., 288 Or 51, 602 P2d 268 (1979)

Amendments to existing statutes and enactment of additional statutes by 1995 legislation generally apply to pending cases and to orders still appealable on June 7, 1995, effective date. Volk v. America West Airlines, 135 Or App 565, 899 P2d 746 (1995), Sup Ct review denied

Amendments to existing statutes and enactment of additional statutes by 1995 legislation do not extend or shorten procedural time limitations with regard to actions taken prior to June 7, 1995, effective date. Motel 6 v. McMasters, 135 Or App 583, 899 P2d 1212 (1995)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Benefit unavailability for inmates engaged in prison work programs, (1996) Vol 48, p 134

Law Review Citations

24 WLR 321, 341 (1988); 32 WLR 217 (1996)


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