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When is the conference? The conference will be held over two days, Thursday, May 9, 2024, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, May 10, 2024, 8 a.m. to noon.

Where will the conference be held? Holiday Inn Portland-Columbia Riverfront, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217. Website: Holiday Inn

Is this a virtual, hybrid, or in-person conference? The conference will be exclusively in person.

What is the attire? Business casual attire is appropriate for all events.

How much does it cost to attend? Tickets are sold at an individual rate. The early bird rate of $325 is valid until April 1, 2024. Starting April 2, 2024, the regular registration rate will be $400.

Is there a price for parking? Conference attendees do not have to pay for parking.

Where can I stay? A room block is set aside at a special conference rate at the Holiday Inn Portland-Columbia Riverfront for conference attendees. Room rates start at $159 per night for a single or a double, plus applicable taxes, for conference attendees. The rooms will be held through Wednesday, April 16, 2024, unless the block is fully reserved before this date.

Does the registration cost include the hotel stay? The cost of the registration does not include the hotel stay, but we have secured a discounted hotel rate for certain rooms at the conference site.

What and why:

What is the conference about: The conference is designed to enhance understanding of the workers’ compensation system and improve processes and services that affect injured workers and employers. The general sessions cover topics of interest for the entire workers’ compensation community, with concurrent workshops and information booths providing detailed coverage of specific areas of interest. The conference also includes an exhibit hall.

Who should attend the conference?

  • Employers
  • Attorneys
  • Safety and human resource managers
  • Insurers
  • Self-insured employers
  • Third-party administrators
  • Claim-closure service providers
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Injured workers
  • Union representatives
  • Medical providers
  • Service providers who handle billing and documentation
  • Managed care organizations
  • Vocational and physical rehabilitation providers
  • Transportation and language service agents
  • Private investigators
  • Anyone interested in the workers’ compensation system in Oregon

Will continuing education credits be available to attendees? Continuing education credit is pending for attorneys. CRC, CDMS, and CCM are available for rehabilitation providers. SHRM are available for human resources professionals. Continuing education units are available for insurance agents. Certificates of attendance will be provided upon request for other disciplines.

Will there be exhibitors at the conference? How can I host a booth? Register at You can also fill out the exhibitor registration form in the conference brochure, available to download at (scroll down to Oregon). Contact the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation (IWCF),, or call 386-677-0041, for details. Registration for the exhibit hall is only $750, which includes your booth and registration fees for two conference attendees.

How can I be a sponsor at this year’s event? You can sign up to be a sponsor with the IWCF as either a $500 silver sponsor or a $1,000 gold sponsor. You can register as a sponsor and find more information at

What does conference registration include? Up to nine hours of continuing education credits with more than 25 unique classes to choose from. Breakfast and lunch are included on the first day as well as an after-conference mixer event. On the second day, continental breakfast as well as snacks between classes are included. Parking is free for conference attendees. The conference will offer an exhibitor hall full of industry professionals ready to share their knowledge about the workers’ compensation industry. And, finally, the conference is an opportunity to network in person with WCD staff and other industry experts ready to discuss the workers’ compensation system.

Special Needs

What should I do if I need accommodations? Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Jennifer Hlad by phone at 971-719-6023, or email, to request accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, alternative formats). Requests should be made no later than 15 working days before the conference.

What types of classes will be offered at this year’s conference?

We will be featuring favorites such as:
  • Case law updates presented by the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board
  • A workers’ compensation basics collaboration
  • An overview of Oregon’s nationally recognized return-to-work programs and their benefits to employers, insurers, and injured workers
  • Oregon legislative updates
  • Progress report on the WCD Modernization program

Some new topics being introduced in 2024 include:

  • “Total Worker Health,” presented by the Oregon Health & Science University: creating a culture of safety health and well-being while lowering claims
  • A deep dive into first payment of temporary disability presented by the WCD Audit team
  • The true cost of risky driving: the costs to employers
  • Sanctions education, new civil penalty overview, and how to avoid penalties
  • And much more!

How can I get updates about the conference?

800-452-0288 (toll-free)
Jennifer Hlad: 971-719-6023

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