“To advance a leading workers’ compensation system that represents integrity and fairness for Oregonians.”
Who we are
The Workers’ Compensation Division administers and regulates laws and rules that affect the participants in the Oregon workers’ compensation system, including workers, employers, insurers, claims examiners, attorneys, medical providers, and others. Workers’ compensation payroll and premium assessments, fees, and investment income fund our services. WCD is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
How we serve you
- Enforcing workers’ compensation insurance coverage laws so that employers maintain coverage for their subject workers.
- Ensuring that injured workers receive timely and accurate benefits and quality medical care.
- Facilitating injured workers’ early return to work through incentive programs to employers.
- Providing consultation, training, and technical assistance to workers, employers, insurers, claims examiners, attorneys, medical providers, and others.
- Administering and overseeing the Workers’ Benefit Fund programs.
- Community: We serve by building positive relationships and working together to improve outcomes.
- Integrity: We tell the truth and honor commitments.
- Respect: We encourage and value all perspectives.
- Adaptability: We initiate change and respond to the needs of our community.
- Accountability: We use public resources ethically and responsibly.
- Expertise: We strive to learn and grow to achieve better performance.
Lou Savage was appointed as administrator of the Workers’ Compensation Division in May 2016. Lou served as the Department of Consumer and Business Services senior policy advisor and legislative director for nearly 10 years. His responsibilities included administrator of the workers’ compensation Management Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC). He was appointed Oregon insurance commissioner and served in that capacity from 2011 to 2013.
Lou is a member of the Oregon State Bar; before joining state government, he spent his career working on consumer and business issues in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. His background includes serving as director of Multnomah County Legal Aid, state director for Oregon Congressman (now Senator) Ron Wyden’s office, and private law practice.
Lou also spent 2½ years in Tunisia consulting and training with attorneys in North Africa and the Middle East.
Lou has a law degree from Lewis & Clark College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.
Sally Coen became the deputy administrator of the Workers’ Compensation Division in May 2016. Sally has been with the division since 1988. She has been in administrative and technical positions, managed the sanctions and field audit staff, and most recently has been the manager of the Performance Section. Sally received her bachelor’s degree from Willamette University.