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The Race to the Bottom for Workers’ Comp

Labor Report Details Challenges at the State Level

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By: Bob Ragsdale

October 6, 2016 | Human CapitalCase Management/BPM

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor published a new report, "Does the Workers' Compensation System Fulfill Its Obligations to Injured Workers?" In announcing the report on the DOL's blog, Labor Secretary Tom Perez stressed that "Here in the most prosperous nation on earth, getting hurt at work should never be a pathway to poverty."

The report chronicles a "race to the bottom" in state workers' compensation laws and "sounds an alarm: working people are at great risk of falling into poverty as a result of workplace injuries and the failure of state workers’ compensation systems to provide them with adequate benefits." 

In contrast to federal employees who are covered under the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA), which provides a consistent level of benefits across the federal landscape (MicroPact's entellitrak software supports the WC programs of several federal agencies), state and private industry employees fall under the jurisdiction of state programs, whose benefits programs vary widely.

The 43 page report details the history of our state workers' compensation programs, highlights areas of concern, and recommends where we as a nation should place our efforts in crafting policies — with the ultimate goal of consistently delivering the needed support to workers who are injured or made sick by their jobs.

You can download the report directly from the Department of Labor's website. If you are interested in seeing how entellitrak can support your workers' comp program, request a demo.

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Bob Ragsdale is Director of Marketing at MicroPact. Bob has over 20 years of experience leading the international marketing and branding efforts of software and technology companies at nearly every stage of development.


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