Resource for Comparing Workers’ Compensation Laws across U.S. and Canada Now Available

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An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers’ compensation laws in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces is now available. The report, Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2016, is a key resource for policymakers and system stakeholders to identify the similarities and distinctions between workers’ compensation regulations in multiple jurisdictions in effect as of January 1, 2016.

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The resource makes it easy to identify commonalities and differences across North American jurisdictions. I reference it frequently and recommend to both workers' compensation policy makers and industry professionals.

An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers’ compensation laws in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces is now available from the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) and the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

The report, Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2016, is a key resource for policymakers and system stakeholders to identify the similarities and distinctions between workers’ compensation regulations in multiple jurisdictions in effect as of January 1, 2016.

“In Canada and the United States, workers’ compensation is under the control of state and province legislative bodies and administrative agencies,” said Ramona Tanabe, WCRI’s deputy director and counsel. “This survey provides the ability to understand the subtle differences between jurisdictions.”

The publication is best used to understand macro-level differences and general tendencies across jurisdictions, such as:

  •     How many states/provinces allow individual or group self-insurance?
  •     How do the maximum and minimum payments for temporary and permanent total disability benefits vary?
  •     How many states cover mental stress claims, hearing loss and cumulative trauma?
  •     How many jurisdictions allow the worker to choose the treating physician and how many allow the employer to do so?

"The resource makes it easy to identify commonalities and differences across North American jurisdictions," comments Jennifer Wolf Horejsh, IAIABC executive director. "I reference it frequently and recommend to both workers' compensation policy makers and industry professionals."

Click on the following link to purchase this study: http://www.wcrinet.org/studies/public/books/wclaws_2016_book.html.

ABOUT WCRI:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA. The Cambridge-based WCRI is recognized as a leader in providing credible, high-quality, and objective information about public policy issues involving workers' compensation systems.

ABOUT IAIABC:

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) is an association of government agencies that administer and regulate their jurisdiction’s workers’ compensation acts. It works to improve and clarify laws, develop and implement standards, and provide education and information sharing.

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