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Pages: 138
Year Published: 
2017
$14.99 paper
ISBN: 9780880995306
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Workers' Compensation: Analysis for Its Second Century

H. Allan Hunt and Marcus Dillender
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Hunt and Dillender review the status of workers' compensation programs on three critical performance areas: 1) the adequacy of compensation for those disabled in the workplace, 2) return-to-work performance for injured workers, and 3) prevention of disabling injury and disease.

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Workers’ compensation (WC) is the original form of social insurance as well as the first no-fault insurance program. Under WC, workers receive compensation and treatment for workplace injuries and disease in exchange for giving up the right to sue their employers for negligence. Each state and Canadian province runs its own WC program, and how each is administered and the level of benefits provided vary considerably. Therefore, assessing best practices among these programs is tricky.

H. Allan Hunt and Marcus Dillender provide a succinct analysis of the state of WC programs in North America by focusing on three key performance issues: 1) the adequacy of compensation for those disabled in the workplace, 2) return-to-work performance for injured workers, and 3) prevention of disabling injury and disease. Following a brief introductory chapter that provides a discussion of the difficulties of trying to compare so many diverse programs, Hunt and Dillender devote a chapter to each of the three performance issues and provide empirical findings and useful guidance for policymakers and researchers as they set their sights on adapting WC for the twenty-first century.

 

This series of "short books" are authored by noted experts who provide a concise discussion of a range of important labor market issues along with the programs and policy recommendations that address those issues. Books in this series are available as free PDF downloads or as paperbacks.

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