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Resource for comparing workers’ compensation laws available


economic-forecast-headerAn 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, 2014, 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, 2014.

“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. “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.”

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 table’s present legislative and administrative information in an easy-to-compare format,” noted Jennifer Wolf Horejsh, IAIABC Executive Director. “This resource is an essential reference tool for any workers’ compensation professional.”

Click on the following link to purchase this study: https://www.wcrinet.org/result/wclaws_2014_result.html.


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.


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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