workers' compensation

variants: or less commonly workers' comp \ -​ˈkämp \

Definition of workers' compensation

: a system of insurance that reimburses an employer for damages that must be paid to an employee for injury occurring in the course of employment

Examples of workers' compensation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That status has meant workers aren't guaranteed the same rights as employees, such as a minimum wage, overtime, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave or on-the-job expenses. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Uber stock hits a new low as lockup period ends," 6 Nov. 2019 That gives them the right to overtime pay, minimum wage protection and workers' compensation protections. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Adult Entertainers Are Now Eligible for Overtime Pay," 3 Oct. 2019 So the sports minister in Victoria successfully lobbied the state government to exclude professional athletes, including footballers, from receiving workers' compensation. Ken Belson, New York Times, "The Concussion Crisis in Australian Rules Football," 26 Sep. 2019 Some experts have blamed the rise in such work arrangements for worsening income inequality by cutting out traditional employment benefits such as health insurance and workers' compensation. Andrew Khouri,, "Uber drivers, freelancers and other independent contractors are getting a tax cut," 16 Jan. 2018 The commission is the regulatory authority for workers' compensation claims in the state. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Firefighter with cancer will get workers' compensation benefits from city," 5 Sep. 2019 That status means they are not guaranteed the same rights as employees, such as a minimum wage, overtime, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave or on-the-job expenses. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "DoorDash details new tipping policy after backlash," 22 Aug. 2019 For the past six years, state lawmakers have debated whether to require Connecticut's workers' compensation laws to cover PTSD for first responders who witness a tragedy, such as the deadly Newtown school shooting in 2012. Susan Haigh,, "Emergency medical workers want a voice at state Capitol," 8 July 2019 All workers can opt in for a retirement plan, subsidized dental and health insurance, workers' compensation coverage, vacation and sick time, among other benefits. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Food workers at DFW Airport seek higher pay to make ends meet for families abroad," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of workers' compensation

1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of workers' compensation

US : a system of insurance that pays an employee who cannot work because he or she has been injured while working

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Legal Definition of workers' compensation

1 : compensation for injury to an employee arising out of and in the course of employment that is paid to the worker or his or her dependents by an employer whose strict liability for such compensation is established by statute

Note: Where established by statute, workers' compensation is generally the exclusive remedy for injuries arising from employment, with some exceptions. Workers' compensation statutes commonly include explicit exclusions for injury caused intentionally, by willful misconduct, and by voluntary intoxication from alcohol or illegal drugs.

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