According to Risk & Insurance Magazine, the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced legislation that would create a national commission to evaluate the effectiveness of each state’s workers’ compensation laws. The criteria which would be used would be whether each state’s regulations provide an adequate, prompt and equitable system of compensation and medical care for injury or death arising in the course of employment.
Joe Baca, who introduced this legislation, had this to say:
“I am proud to introduce this responsible legislation, which creates a long overdue commission to study the validity of current state workers' compensation laws…More than 35 years have passed since our government took a serious look at the effectiveness of workers' compensation laws. Access to proper benefits and medical care after on-the-job injuries is a right every American worker deserves. I am hopeful this legislation will bring us closer to updating and modernizing our state workers' compensation laws to ensure they remain effective in this new century.”
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