Worker Compensation Reform Bill Headed to Governor Walker

Date: March 01, 2016 Last Edit: March 02, 2016

AB 724 will offer business owners relief.

Worker Compensation Reform Bill Headed to Governor Walker

Assembly Bill 724, which would make various business-friendly changes to Wisconsin’s worker compensation law, is now headed to Gov. Walker for signature after both the Assembly and the Senate passed it unanimously last month.

Here’s a look at the changes proposed by AB 724:

  • Includes a new position at the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute all sources of fraud in the worker compensation system
  • Reduces statute of limitations for traumatic injuries from 12 years down to six years
  • Increases maximum weekly compensation rate for permanent partial disability, from $322 to $342, and up to $362 after Jan. 1, 2017
  • Eliminates benefits for employees and their dependents if the employee was injured on the job as a result of violating an employer policy against drug or alcohol use. This is a particular source of relief for businesses; current law only reduces compensation by 15 percent if an employee is injured due to drug or alcohol use.

AB 724 was introduced at the request of the Worker Compensation Advisory Council.

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