workers' compensation


variants or less commonly workers' comp
: 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 The source said that Yi's workers' compensation wasn't denied, and their claim is being actively handled by a third-party company. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 16 May 2024 The police department's medical separations and workers' compensation submissions have been increasing for the past eight years, according to Phoenix data. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2024 Nearly a third of workers' compensation claimants in the state have long COVID, with more men than women suffering from the condition, according to a report from the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), the largest workers' compensation insurer in New York State. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2023 There was also workers' compensation, fiduciary liability, and business automobiles to be covered. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for workers' compensation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of workers' compensation was in 1925

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“Workers' compensation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

workers' compensation

work·​ers' compensation
: 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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