Workers' compensation in Michigan celebrates its 100th anniversary this Labor Day weekend!
Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs Director Steven H. Hilfinger announced in a press release that The Michigan Workmen's Compensation law (Act No. 10 of Public Acts extra session, 1912) was signed by Michigan Governor Chase S. Osborn effective Sept. 1, 1912.
To recognize the milestone, Governor Rick Snyder is issuing a certificate of recognition for the 100th anniversary of Workers' Compensation law in Michigan. The event will also be commemorated with an event at Wayne State University in conjunction with the North American Labor History Conference October 18-19 attended by Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Workers' Compensation Agency (WCA) Director Kevin Elsenheimer.
"The law was created to protect workers as the economy shifted from agricultural to industrial and will likely evolve in the future with changing work conditions of Millennials, the generation born in late 1970s and later," said Elsenheimer . "Workers' Compensation laws were the nation's first social legislation, later followed by unemployment and other employee benefits."
Michigan's Workers' Compensation system has been recognized as a "competitive asset for the state" by the Workers Compensation Research Institute since overall costs have declined in recent years. "We've been able to keep costs down for Workers' Compensation, which is a benefit for Michigan employers and ultimately employees and jobseekers," said Hilfinger. "Changes were also recently made when Governor Snyder signed PA 266 of 2011 reforming the state's workers' compensation system, which will continue to give Michigan a competitive edge in attracting and retaining businesses."
The anniversary of Workers' Compensation will be commemorated in conjunction with the North American Labor History Conference, Oct. 18-19 with national and state experts including and WCA Director Kevin Elsenheimer. For more information on the 100th Anniversary Celebration and the 2012 North American Labor History Conference contact Jack Nolish, WCA deputy director, at 313-456-3650.