2015 ORS 656.718¹
Chairperson
  • quorum
  • panels

(1) The board chairperson shall supervise and manage the Workers Compensation Board and the Hearings Division. The chairperson serves at the pleasure of the Governor and may be removed in accordance with the provisions of ORS 656.714 (Removal of board member).

(2) A majority of the boards members shall constitute a quorum to transact the boards business. No vacancy shall impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of the board.

(3)(a) In exercise of authority to decide individual cases, members of the board may sit together or in panels.

(b) When sitting en banc, the concurrence of a majority of the members participating is necessary for a decision.

(c) A panel must consist of two members with different backgrounds and understanding. One of the members of a panel may be the board member that represents the interests of the public if either a member with background and understanding as to the concerns of employers or a member with background and understanding as to the concerns of employees is unavailable. If the members of a panel cannot agree on a decision in an individual case, the case shall be decided by a panel of three members, two of whom have different backgrounds and understanding and one who represents the interests of the public.

(d) A board member may not review any case in which the member acted as an Administrative Law Judge in the case. [Formerly 656.414; 1967 c.2 §4; 1993 c.462 §2; 1999 c.876 §6; 2003 c.365 §1]

Law Review Cita­tions

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

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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)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 656—Workers Compensation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors656.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 656, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano656.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.