workers' compensation

variants: or less commonly workers' comp \ -​ˈkämp How to pronounce workers' compensation (audio) \

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 Several employees are seeking long-term disability leave or talking to lawyers about getting workers' compensation. Laura Ungar, Star Tribune, "County moves to protect health staff after deadly outbreak," 4 Dec. 2020 Would their workers also be exempt from workers' compensation, or whatever other laws these companies deem outdated? Terri Gerstein For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Gig companies want to change the rules about who qualifies as an employee. Here's why they're wrong," 14 Oct. 2020 Companies operating in communities without hospitals also face higher workers' compensation insurance costs, which rise the farther a factory is from an emergency facility. NBC News, "Already struggling, the nation's rural hospitals face another challenge: for-profit owners," 12 Dec. 2020 The state's lawmakers had tried to force companies to treat those workers as full employees and pay them benefits such as minimum wage, sick pay, workers' compensation and unemployment insurance. CBS News, "DoorDash shares rise 80% in one of the hottest IPOs of 2020," 9 Dec. 2020 Independent contractors are required to supply their own workers' compensation insurance. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Owners of Minnesota drywall company get 6-month sentence for workers' comp scheme," 24 Nov. 2020 Independent contractors are required to supply their own workers' compensation insurance. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Owners of Minnesota drywall company get 6-month sentence for workers' comp scheme," 24 Nov. 2020 Tyson has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuits, arguing that the exclusive remedy for workplace injuries under Iowa law is through the workers' compensation system. Arkansas Online, "Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim," 19 Nov. 2020 After the ruling, businesses warned that the elimination of the caps would cause workers' compensation rates to increase and pushed lawmakers to reinstate them. Christine Sexton,, "Florida lawmakers may limit COVID-19 business lawsuits," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of workers' compensation

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Workers' compensation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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