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    Lori Graham   

Budget and assessment information

WCD administers the state’s laws and rules governing workers’ compensation. The division’s operating budget comes from a dedicated fund that is not part of the state’s general fund. The director of DCBS imposes an assessment on all insurers, self-insured employers, and self-insured employer groups.

Effective January 1, 2013, the assessment will be set at an amount equal to 6.4 percent of the premiums charged for workers' compensation coverage.

Employers who maintain workers’ compensation insurance for their workers are subject to two types of assessment: (1) the insurance premium and premium assessment; and (2) the Workers’ Benefit Fund (WBF) assessment.

The workers’ compensation premium assessment is calculated as a percentage of the insurance premium paid by employers and is collected by insurers at the same time they collect insurance premiums. The insurers then pay the premium assessment to the State. The assessment funds administrative costs of the workers’ compensation system, non-complying employer claims, a portion of OR-OSHA administrative costs, and other related programs. The premium assessment rate for 2014 is 6.2 percent.

The WBF assessment is a payroll assessment calculated on the basis of hours worked by workers covered by workers' compensation insurance. Employers pay this assessment, along with other payroll taxes, directly to the State. The WBF assessment funds programs for direct benefits to injured workers and the employers who help make it possible for them to return to the workforce. The WBF assessment rate is 3.3 cents per hour for 2014.

Note that prior to the year 2000, the WBF assessment was known as the workers’ compensation “cents-per-pay” assessment.

These assessments are deposited into the Consumer & Business Services Fund. No General Fund revenue is used to support the division's budget.

For more information on the WBF assessments, visit Fiscal and Business Services WBF Assessment information.

If you have questions about this webpage, please contact Lori Graham, 503-947-7502.