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  1. Social Security and Retirement
  2. Retirement Age and Social Security
  3. Working at Home
  4. Longer Years of Retirement
  5. Employment trends
  6. Foreign workers in the United States
  7. Mexican Workers in the United States
  8. Workplace Safety Standards
  9. Work-related Injuries and Deaths
  10. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  11. Union Membership Across the United States
  12. Laws Regarding Working Women
  13. Labor Contracts in the United States
  14. Right-to-Work Laws
  15. Public worker unions in the United States
  16. Unemployment insurance
  17. Equal Opportunity Employment Laws
  18. Workers’ Compensation
  19. Minimum Age for Agricultural Employment
  20. Minors in the Workplace
  21. Minimum Wage
  22. Employment of Persons with Disabilities
  23. Major Equal Employment Legislation in the U.S.
  24. Employment in the Service Sector
  25. Unemployment
  26. State’s Unique Worker’s Compensation Laws
  27. Life on Unemployment
  28. Minimum Wage and Poverty
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A memorial of flowers where a crane collapsed
A memorial set up where a crane collapsed and killed four Ironworkers in 2004 in Ohio.
Photo from Jim West.
Workers’ Compensation
Worker compensation laws make sure that employees are covered by insurance that will provide them with financial support if they are hurt or disabled while working. This eliminates the need for injured workers to sue their employers. The dependents of workers who are hurt or killed in work related accidents or illnesses can also receive benefits. Before workers’ compensation laws the only recourse injured workers had was to sue their employers, a long and costly procedure. Congress passed the Workman’s Compensation Act in 1908. (The word workman was used because the law was meant to cover accidents or injuries that happened in industrial settings, where the employees were almost entirely men.) After this move by the federal government, individual states began to enact their own worker compensation laws.
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