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Workers' Compensation

House Education and Labor Committee Hears Testimony on State Workers' Comp Systems, AMA Guides

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee examined workers’ compensations systems. Workers’ compensation traditionally provides financial assistance and job training to workers injured on the job and aid to the surviving family of a worker killed on the job. These systems have undergone numerous changes in the past decade as many states have begun strictly limiting workers’ compensation benefits – changes that may be stressing the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Additionally, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) guide to assessing injured workers has undergone significant changes in its latest edition, which has made consequential changes to injured workers’ evaluation procedure.

WHAT: Hearing on “Developments in State Workers’ Compensation Systems”


   Chairperson: Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

   Emily Spieler, dean, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Mass.

   John Burton, professor emeritus, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University; professor emeritus, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Princeton, N.J.

   Christopher Godfrey, Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner, Des Moines, Iowa

   Dr. John Nimlos, occupational medicine consultant, Shoreline, Wash.

   W. Frederick Uehlein, Esq., Framingham, Massachusetts

To listen to the archived webcast and to read the statements, go to

Source: U.S. House Education and Labor Committee