Cambridge, MA – WCRI recently announced that an essential tool to identify the similarities and distinctions between workers’ compensation regulations and benefit levels in U.S. states and Canadian provinces is now available from WCRI and the International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC).
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 the survey provides 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, the WCRI and the IAIABC agreed to work together to continue publishing this important resource.
Key research questions include:
- Which states and provinces allow individual or group self-insurance?
- Which states cover mental stress claims, hearing loss, and cumulative trauma?
- How many jurisdictions allow the worker to receive temporary total disability and permanent partial disability benefits at the same time?
- How do the maximum and minimum payments for temporary and permanent total disability benefits vary and how have they changed over time?
New in this edition is information about regulations addressing “presumption of causation,” availability of hearings and legal proceedings virtually, and a retrospective review of the maximum weekly benefit amount for temporary total disability.
Download or Purchase: WCRI: Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2022