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History of the '72 National Commission on Workers' Compensation

WILG held a Symposium commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws, on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. The National Commission, appointed by the Nixon Administration, issued its report in July 1972, describing the states' workers' compensation laws "in general neither adequate nor equitable," recommending minimal federal standards to cure the deficiency.  This led to a decade when most states significantly improved their laws to avoid the federal standards.  Since then, however, workers' compensation benefits have been cut back and compensability rules tightened.   The program featured a star-studded
 group of speakers, including 3 Commissioners, who addressed what needs be done to restore the adequacy of workers' compensation programs and how best to get that done.


Contact Juli Gaston at juli@wilg.org to obtain the symposium materials

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