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September 21, 2012
State marks 100th anniversary of workers’ compensation

The 100th anniversary of the Michigan Workmen’s Compensation law is being commemorated in conjunction with the North American Labor History Conference October 18 to 19 at Wayne State University.

The 2-day event opens with a screening and panel discussion of a film about the mining industry in the Upper Peninsula titled 1913 Massacre. A daylong symposium will feature eight national experts on workers’ compensation.

Workers’ Compensation Agency Director Kevin Eisenheimer says comp laws represented the nation’s first social legislation. “The [Michigan] 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,” he adds.

A 2011 law reformed the Michigan workers’ compensation system, which the state says will keep prices down for employers and give employers a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining business.

For more information about the October event, visit http://nalhc.wayne.edu.

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