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October 25, 2021

Oregon Workers' Benefit Fund assessment unchanged for 2022

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has announced that the Workers' Benefit Fund (WBF) assessment is 2.2 cents per hour worked in 2022, unchanged from 2021.

The 2.2 cents-per-hour rate is the employer and worker rate combined. Employers contribute not less than half of the hourly assessment (1.1 cents per hour) and deduct not more than half from worker's wages. In no case may an employer deduct more than half of the assessment from workers' wages, and, in all cases, the employer is responsible for payment of the full 2.2 cents-per-hour assessment. Employers report and pay the WBF assessment directly to the state with other state payroll taxes.

The WBF assessment funds return-to-work programs, provides increased benefits over time for workers who are permanently and totally disabled, and gives benefits to families of workers who die from workplace injuries or diseases.

Workers' compensation premium assessment increases for 2022

For 2022, the Oregon workers' compensation premium assessment, which covers the costs of administering the state's workers' compensation and worker safety programs, is as follows:

  • Insurance providers: 9.8% (an increase from 9.0%)
  • Self-insured and public-sector self-insured insurance groups: 9.9%
  • Private-sector self-insured employer groups: 10.3%

More information about the Oregon WBF assessment and premium assessment is available here.


Contact Information
For additional information concerning this Alert, please contact:
Workforce Tax Services - Employment Tax Advisory Services
   • Kristie Lowery (
   • Kenneth Hausser (
   • Debera Salam (


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