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 The officer later said he was injured as a result of the demonstration and filed a workers' compensation claim. Fox News, 18 Jan. 2022 Diane Hoffmann, the director of the Law and Health Care Program and a professor of health-care law at University of Maryland School of Law, said ordinarily these claims would fall under workers' compensation, which could mean limited recovery. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 Hector Castellanos, a full-time Uber and Lyft driver in the Bay Area, said he was hit by another driver one day and couldn't file for workers' compensation because of the way the gig companies classify him. CBS News, 23 Aug. 2021 But threatening to cut remote workers' compensation is counterproductive and would hurt companies in retaining talent in a competitive labor market, according to employment experts. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 30 June 2021 During the Progressive Era, from about 1896 to 1920, progressive taxation, workers' compensation for injury, antitrust legislation, the right of women to vote and other reforms created a more equitable way of life. David Feingold, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2021 His lawsuit was put on hold while John Lynch, who suffered a devastating stroke hours after his firing, pursues a workers' compensation claim. Ryan J. Foley, Chron, 28 July 2021 The county will still be required to cover any workers' compensation claims, O'Connor said. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 That could include providing help navigating the process of filing for workers' compensation or disability claims, and providing resources for dealing with PTSD or substance abuse. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021

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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 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of workers' compensation

: 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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