Hearing on Michigan Workers’ Compensation Proposal Delayed

October 13, 2011

The Republican-led Michigan House is reviewing legislation that could change the state’s workers’ compensation laws.

The House Commerce Committee canceled a hearing on the legislation that was scheduled for Tuesday. The bills could be taken up a later meeting.

Business groups want the legislation to help contain workers’ compensation costs for employers. Supporters say the bill would clarify what’s defined as an injury sustained while working or as a result of a job.

Business groups say a revised law could provide clarity of definitions and cut down on workers’ compensation lawsuits.

Unions oppose the proposed changes, saying it could become harder for employees who are injured to get certain benefits. Unions also dislike provisions that would lessen workers’ compensation benefits for employees eligible for retirement income.

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