Monthly Archives: May 2011

Workers' Compensation “Reform" and Vocational Rehabilitation

Recent news articles suggest that several states are in the throes of workers’ compensation reform, with legislators attempting to create a business-friendly environment in their state—on the backs of injured workers.

The main focus of any workers’ compensation system should be to restore the earning capacity that a worker held before suffering a work injury.

One victim of these efforts at workers’ compensation reform is the reduction or evisceration of vocational rehabilitation.

The main focus of any workers’ compensation system should be to restore the earning capacity that a worker held before suffering a work injury. As a public policy, the hope is that an injured worker – after reaching their healing plateau – can return to their time of injury employer, earning similar wages. Continue reading

100 Years of Workers' Compensation in Wisconsin

Just over one hundred years ago, on May 3, 1911, the Act creating Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation system was signed into law–thereby becoming the first operational worker’s compensation system in the country. The Act solidified the “great compromise” between employers and employees, where employees gave up the right to sue in tort in exchange for well-defined, smaller, and faster benefits without having to prove “fault.” Continue reading