Worker's Compensation

On April 8, 2022, Governor Evers signed into law 2021 Wisconsin Act 232 (The Act). The Act, sponsored by the bipartisan House Labor and Integrated Employment Committee, was passed to increase weekly permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits in addition to changing the way that the average weekly wage (AWW) for part-time employees is calculated.

Wisconsin has not raised the weekly PPD benefit rate since 2017. The Act changes the weekly PPD benefit to $415.00 for injuries occurring on or
Continue Reading New Wisconsin Law Affects Worker’s Compensation Benefits

Under Wisconsin’s workers’ compensation regime, if a workplace injury is caused by an employer’s violation of safety rules and regulations – including those of U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – the injured worker is entitled to additional workers’ compensation benefits.

The extra benefits are equal to an additional 15% of the allowable benefits with a maximum additional benefit of $15,000, according to Wis. Stat. section 102.57.
Workers’ Compensation in Wisconsin
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Continue Reading Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation: Impact of OSHA Safety Violations and Penalties

In recent weeks, state lawmakers reformed aspects of Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation law through the enactment of Senate Bill No. 11, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 29. Among other things, Act 29 modifies Wisconsin’s existing worker’s compensation eligibility standards for certain mental injury claims. In this regard, Act 29 is limited in its scope to claims by law enforcement officers and full-time firefighters employed by the State or a political subdivision thereof (collectively “public safety officers”). Additionally, these new standards only
Continue Reading Act 29 and PTSD Claims by Public Safety Officers

Wisconsin was one of the earliest adopters of workers’ compensation laws dating back to 1911. Workers’ compensation is like a no-fault system, meaning an injured worker can be compensated if the injury “arises out of” employment. Whether the employer did anything wrong or if the employer was negligent, it does not typically matter. The worker in either case receives benefits according to a series of schedules that depend on the earnings of the worker, the body part injured, and
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