COVID-19 Legal Update: Oregon

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission



How does the state define an occupational disease?

656.802 Occupational disease; mental disorder; presumptions as to stress disorders; proof. (1)(a) As used in this chapter, “occupational disease” means any disease or infection arising out of and in the course of employment caused by substances or activities to which an employee is not ordinarily subjected or exposed other than during a period of regular actual employment therein, and which requires medical services or results in disability or death, including:
(A) Any disease or infection caused by ingestion of, absorption of, inhalation of or contact with dust, fumes, vapors, gases, radiation or other substances.


COVid-19 Specific Laws, agency declarations/ press releases, or enacted regulation?

WCD Guidance on Submitting Documentation during COVID-19 Pandemic
     March 17, 2020

WCD Guidance on Claim Processing during COVID-19 Pandemic 
     March 25, 2020

WCD Issues Temporary Changes to the Medical Fee & Payment Rules 
     March 25, 2020

DFR Bulletin to Employers & Insurers on Rerating Business Due to COVID-19
     April 10, 2020

DFR Bulletin to Employers & Insurers on Payments to Employees Who are Furloughed Due to COVID-19
     April 10, 2020

WCD Guidance to Self-Insured Employers Paying Employees Who are Furloughed Due to COVID-19
     April 14, 2020

WCD Notice of Temporary Changes to Workers' Compensation Rules
     May 28, 2020

WCD Bulletin on Self-Insured Base Rates and Choice of Method Used for Determination of Premium Assessment
     May 28, 2020

WCD Notice of Suspension of Temporary Changes to Workers' Compensation Rules
     June 18, 2020

WCD Rule Amendments on Permanent Changes to Telehealth 
     Aug. 28, 2020

WCD Temporary Rule to Promote Appropriate & Consistent Processing of COVID-19 Claims
     Sept. 30, 2020

WCD Industry Notice on COVID-19 Claims and Workers' Compensation Informational Flyer
     Nov. 12, 2020


Court Closures & Modified Call

COVID-19 Process Update


Is the administrative court system closed or open?

Open - closed to the public.


Does this state have a shelter-in-place in order?

Yes - order started 3/23/2020 until further notice; phased re-opening began 5/15/20.





Last Updated: 2/1/2021