Workers' Compensation Acts

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Workers' Compensation Acts

n. state statutes which establish liability of employers for injuries to workers while on the job or illnesses due to the employment, and requiring insurance to protect the workers. Workers' compensation is not based on negligence of the employer, but is absolute liability for medical coverage, a percentage of lost wages or salary, costs of rehabilitation and retraining, and payment for any permanent injury (usually based on an evaluation of limitation). Workers' Compensation Acts provide for a system of hearings and quasi-judicial determinations by administrative law judges and appeal boards. However, if workers' compensation is granted, it becomes the only remedy against an employer and does not include general damages for pain and suffering. Thus, an injured worker may waive workers' compensation and sue the employer for damages caused by the employer's negligence. If a third party contributed to the damages, the injured worker may sue that party for damages even though he/she receives workers' compensation, but the workers' compensation insurance company may demand some of the funds recovered. (See: permanent disability)

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Such laws include: Fatal Accident Act 1855, Railway Labour Court Act 1890, Immigration Act 1922, Mines Act 1923, Boilers Act 1923, Workers Compensation Act 1923, Merchant Shipping Act 1923, Children Act 1933, Dock Labour Act 1934, Factories Act 1934, Payment of Wages Act 1936, Employers Liability Act 1938, Employment of Children Act 1939.
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