It will not come as much of a surprise to Michigan residents, but independent investigators have determined that random workplace safety inspections do create a safer work environment and can lead to fewer workers' compensation claims.
According to a report by the Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program at Michigan State University, 141 people were killed in an on-the-job accident in 2011, four fewer people than were killed the previous year.
Workers' compensation is designed to help those injured on the job, or to assist families whose loved ones die while performing work responsibilities. Not all injuries qualify for workers' compensation, however, so it is worth taking the time to learn what is deemed workers' compensation in Michigan.
The full range of legal protections for workers - from workers' compensation claims to personal injury lawsuits and long-term disability benefits claims - is backed up by a set of federal and state workplace safety rules that detail steps employers must take to minimize hazards.
A bill that could make significant changes to Michigan's workers' compensation system was recently passed by the Senate after initial consideration by the House of Representatives. The Senate-approved version of the proposed legislation is different in some measures than the House bill, though, so those differences must be ironed out before the bill could be sent to Governor Rick Snyder for final approval.
Michigan legislators have introduced House Bill 5002, an attempt to reform the state's almost 100 year old workers' compensation laws. Some of the bill's proposed reforms to Michigan workers' compensation benefits would have a serious impact on workers throughout the state.
Working from home has significant benefits for both employees and employers. It can make employees' lives easier - saving money, time and stress - and it can lower employers' costs as well. But what happens when an employee is injured on the job while the job is at home?
An executive order issued by Governor Richard Snyder combines the Michigan Workers' Compensation Appellate Commission with the Michigan Employment Security Board of Review to form a new appellate body - Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission.
There is no denying that a traumatic brain injury is a life-altering event. The recent coverage of Gabriel Giffords' miraculous survival of a traumatic brain injury highlights how fragile the brain is, and how difficult the road to recovery can be.