Michigan – The Michigan Senate today approved legislation by state Rep. Brad Jacobsen that will modernize Michigan’s workers’ compensation law.
House Bill 5002 updates the law to reflect significant Supreme Court rulings on workers’ comp to eliminate the need for litigation in many cases moving forward.
The legislation clarifies “personal injury” as one sustained while working or as a result of the job, establishes a distinction between total and partial disability, and clears up definitions of disability, wage earning capacity, and wage loss.
“Michigan’s workers’ compensation law should be clear so that both employers and employees can utilize the system without going to court,” said Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “This law hasn’t been updated in more than 25 years and these changes will eliminate confusion and reduce court costs.”
Updates will not impact those currently receiving benefits or those with pending claims.
HB 5002 now heads back to the House for final approval.
Source: Michigan House GOP