Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2019

By Karen Rothkin

April 17, 2019 Related Topics: Workers’ Compensation Laws

This study is an essential tool for policymakers and other stakeholders to identify the similarities and distinctions between workers’ compensation regulations and benefit levels in effect as of January 1, 2019, in U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

In Canada and the United States, workers’ compensation is entirely under the control of sub-national legislative bodies and administrative agencies. The differences between jurisdictional laws and regulations can be subtle and this survey gives you the ability to understand those differences.

The study builds on many years of valuable work by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) that pioneered the use of a standard set of tables to promote uniformity in responses across states and consistency in reports from year to year. Although the USDOL suspended its production of these tables for budgetary reasons, WCRI and IAIABC agreed to work together to continue publishing this important resource.

Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2019. Karen Rothkin. April 2019. WC-19-22.



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Research Questions:

  • 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?

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