Reductions in workers compensation benefits imposed by Republican state legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011 are working exactly as they intended.
Tim Esper, a 40-year veteran workers’ comp attorney, points out that the premium decrease was accomplished by denying or reducing benefits to most injured workers. He said under the rewrite, as applied by Snyder-appointed magistrates and appellate commissioners, injured workers get no weekly comp benefits unless they can prove, for each and every week of lost time, that they were making a “good faith effort” to find work.
The Building Tradesman Newspaper, established in 1952, has a circulation of about 45,000 and is one of the oldest labor union publications in the country. It is a broadsheet newspaper containing information about construction, political, safety and feature news of interest to Michigan’s unionized construction workforce.