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

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The state legislation, SB 27, signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in January, 2017, provides presumptive workers' compensation benefits to firefighters battling occupational cancer and is known as the Michael Louis Palumbo, Jr. Act. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "I-271 in Beachwood named for late fire department Captain Michael Palumbo," 4 Apr. 2018 The city has reported about $9 million in cost savings, mainly through prepaying the unfunded pension liability, having a reduced workers' compensation rate and enacting a new fee schedule throughout the city. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Burbank officials begin proposed budget review," 5 May 2018 The distinction determines whether workers receive certain protections and benefits from their employers — such as being able to organize and seek remedy from discrimination, receive workers' compensation, and be paid minimum wage and overtime. Nina Agrawal,, "Judge orders compensation, reclassification for immigration court interpreters," 14 Mar. 2018 The same day, Officer John Bailey was arrested and charged with workers' compensation fraud, the LAPD said. Brittny Mejia,, "LAPD officer investigated in alleged sexual assault of minor," 4 May 2018 In 2014, Porter was convicted of several charges, including theft and tampering with evidence, in connection with Medicaid and workers' compensation fraud, the AG's office said. Olivera Perkins,, "10 largest violators of wage theft laws in Ohio," 15 Apr. 2018 Since the program's inception, not a single DROP participant has been charged with workers' compensation fraud, court records show. Anchorage Daily News, "LA firefighters and police turn deferred retirement program into extended leave," 4 Feb. 2018 Today, those cuts may look more like structural reforms, such as workers' compensation reform, that will save Alaska and business money. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Chamber: Our polling shows budget, reducing spending are Alaskans’ top priorities," 22 Mar. 2018 Doing so puts it on the hook for things like minimum wage, workers' compensation and overtime pay. Josh Eidelson,, "Can Amazon disrupt the $16-billion housekeeping industry?," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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