National Trends and Developments in Workers' Compensation

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Publication Date: 
October, 2014

This brief looks at trends and developments in state workers' compensation systems across the nation over the last 25 years, identifying at least seven that undermine workers' human rights to health and work with dignity. The brief calls for immediate action to end the roll back on injured and ill workers' rights and advocates for broad systemic change based on human rights notions. Workers' comp is one of several systems created through public policy to offer social protection and health care to some people in certain scenarios, which, together, are failing to guarantee everyone access to health care and income support when they need it. It is ultimately the government's responsibility to guarantee and enable all people to enforce their rights to universal health care and a basic income.        

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