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Important bulletins regarding COVID-19

Bulletin No. DFR 2020-9: Rerating businesses that have changed operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and suspension of field audits

Purpose

This bulletin provides guidance to employers and workers compensation insurers regarding changes in operations due to public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It addresses when a change in classification code is appropriate for employees reassigned to work from home, when insurers should rerate a business, and the suspension of field audits.

Bulletin No. DFR 2020-10: Payments to employees of businesses closed due to pandemics to be excluded from workers’ compensation premium basis

Purpose

This bulletin provides guidance to workers compensation insurers and employers paying employees furloughed due to pandemic-related closures.

COVID-19 Business Oregon assistance


The Office of the Small Business Ombudsman for Workers’ Compensation serves as an independent advocate for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the professional advisers who serve them. Our services include:

  • Explaining workers’ compensation coverage requirements and what type of coverage best suits your needs.
  • Providing advice on how to shop for workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Helping businesses that are in dispute with their insurance company, and helping them navigate through the appeal processes that are available.
  • Conducting outreach to businesses and their professional advisers to educate them about their rights and responsibilities under the workers’ compensation laws.

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​​​​​Contact us

Call or text either David Waki at 971-283-0997 or
Caitlin Breitbach at 503-329-4260
You can also e-mail us at wc.advocate@oregon.gov

Resources

COVID-19 ​Business Oregon assistance​

Help for Oregon Businesses and Entrepreneurs​​

Workers' compensation rates
Loss costs 2020
Loss costs 2019
Assigned risk plan rates
Rate announcements

Workers' compensation laws and rules
Laws
OAR 836-042
OAR 836-043​​​​​​​​​​​​

Workers' compensation companies​​​​​

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