Workers' Compensation

ORS 656.455
Self-insured employers required to keep records of compensation claims

  • location and inspection
  • expenses of audits and inspections
  • rules


Every self-insured employer shall maintain a place of business in this state where the employer shall keep complete records of all claims for compensation made to the employer under this chapter or a self-insured employer may, under the conditions prescribed by ORS 731.475 (Records storage required of workers’ compensation insurers) (3), keep such records in this state at places operated by service companies. The records shall be retained in, and may be removed from, this state or disposed of, in accordance with the rules of the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services adopted pursuant to ORS 731.475 (Records storage required of workers’ compensation insurers). Such records shall be available to the director for examination and audit at all reasonable times upon notice by the director to the employer.


With the permission of the director, a self-insured employer may keep all claims records and process claims from a location outside of the state. The director shall by rule prescribe the conditions and procedure for obtaining permission of the director. The director may revoke permission for failure of the employer to comply with the rules. If the permission of an employer is revoked by the director, the employer shall be allowed 60 days after the order of revocation becomes final to comply with subsection (1) of this section. The expenses of the director to examine and audit the records of a self-insured employer outside of this state shall be paid by the employer.


Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a self-insured employer may not have at any one time more than three locations where claims are processed or records are maintained. [1975 c.585 §8; 1989 c.630 §2]
§§ 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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