Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2016

By Ramona P. Tanabe

May 1, 2016 Related Topics: Provider Choice, Workers’ Compensation Laws

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.

The publication is best used to understand macro-level differences and general tendencies across jurisdictions.

In Canada and the United States, workers’ compensation is entirely under the control of sub-national legislative bodies and administrative agencies. As a result, it is easy to misunderstand subtle differences between jurisdictional laws and regulations. This survey gives you the ability to understand those differences.

Workers' Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2016. May 2014. WC-16-43.

 

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Research Questions:

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

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