Category Archives: Dept. of Consumer and Business Services

New York has highest workers’ comp rates, North Dakota posts the lowest

A study ranking workers’ comp premium rates found that New York has the highest, followed by California and New Jersey. A study ranking workers’ comp premium rates found that New York has the highest, followed by California and New Jersey. The lowest was in North Dakota. New York’s premium rate was $3.08 per $100 of […]
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Maintenance manager orders asbestos test

A former maintenance manager for Tandem Property Management says he was retaliated against and ultimately fired after ordering a test that showed there was asbestos at a Southwest Portland apartment complex. A former maintenance manager for Tandem Property Management says he was retaliated against and ultimately fired after ordering a test that showed there was […]
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Pesticide rules won’t protect workers

America’s farmworkers have been asking for pesticide drift protections since the 1970s. Here we are, nearly 50 years later, and in Oregon, our worker protection agency is finally making progress toward this goal, albeit in small steps. This July, Oregon OSHA adopted their Worker Protection Standards for farm and forest workers and pesticides. Source: Pesticide […]
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Four Eugene groups awarded grants from Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

A nonprofit organization serving Latino families in Lane County and three local insurance agencies will receive grant funding to help people sign up for health insurance through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Source: Four Eugene groups awarded grants from Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Oregon workers’ compensation costs fall for 6th straight year

Oregon employers next year, on average, will pay $1.12 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, down from $1.23 in 2018, under a proposal announced Monday by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. That figure covers workers’ compensation claims costs, assessments, and insurer profit and expenses. Source: Oregon workers’ compensation costs fall […]
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Grants to groups, insurance agents to help enroll in coverage

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has awarded more than $795,000 in grants to eight community groups and 34 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period, and to help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs. Source: Grants to groups, insurance agents to help […]
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Moda Negotiating A Major Infusion of Capital

Confidential sources tell The Lund Report that a deal is in the works that could eventually lead to another insurance company holding a majority of seats on Moda’s board. Speculation has swirled for years that Moda Health, Inc. would fail or be taken over. Now it looks as if it will be the latter. Source: […]
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Questions about mental health crisis center grow

County ex-worker says state, local oversight of Unity Center failed patients, staff. Source: Questions about mental health crisis center grow

More Than 58K Acres Of Crops Reported Within Substation Fire Boundary

-Nearly half of the crop of Wasco County may be lost as a result of the fire.- About 58,689 acres of crops planted in Wasco and Sherman Counties were within the perimeter of the Substation Fire. While its unclear how much of those crops were harvested before the land east of The Dalles was engulfed […]
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State probes assaults at health facility

Administrators defend management of Legacy’s Unity Center even though employees describe it as ‘hell hole’. Source: State probes assaults at health facility