Michigan Chamber Endorses Efforts to Modernize Workers' Compensation Law

September 27, 2011

The Michigan Chamber today announced its support for House Bill 5002, legislation which will update, reform and modernize key areas of the Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation Act (“Act”). 

“For too long, the workers’ compensation law has changed depending upon what judge hears a case, creating inconsistency, confusion and high insurance premiums for job providers,” said Wendy Block, Director of Health Policy & Human Resources for the Michigan Chamber. “This disarray is exactly what plaintiffs and personal injury attorneys desire: higher confusion and higher costs to employers.” 

“HB 5002 would put an end to the flip-flopping,” added Block. “This legislation is in the best interest of workers and employers alike because it provides increased clarity and certainty to common disputes job providers are often forced to spend thousands of dollars litigating.”

HB 5002, introduced by Rep. Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford), addresses problems with the Act, which does not reflect nearly 100 years of legal, economic and medical developments.

“These reforms are needed to keep worker’s compensation costs affordable and competitive with other states,” Block concluded.