Welcome to John Burton’s Workers’ Compensation Resources. We offer access to data, research, and other information pertaining to workers’ compensation in the United States and other countries when possible. Visit the following areas of our site for more information:
Site Updated April 17, 2017
National Developments in Workers’ Compensation Relevant for Florida
A presentation on August 23, 2016 by John Burton at the 71st Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Orlando, Florida. For a copy of the final version of the presentation prepared on August 30, 2016, click FL Conference Presentation Text V06.
The Demise of the Grand Bargain: Compensation for Injured Workers in the 21st Century
A symposium cosponsored by the Pound Civil Justice Institute, the Northeastern University School of Law, and the Rutgers Center for Risk & Responsibility will be held at the Rutgers University Law School in Camden, New Jersey on September 23, 2016. For an announcement of the symposium, click Grand Bargain Symposium Flyer June 2016.
Improving the Interaction Between the SSDI and Workers’ Compensation Programs
By John F. Burton Jr. and Xuguang (Steve) Guo
The study is a chapter in SSDI Solutions: Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, which was published by Infinity Publishing with support from The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative, a Project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Each of the 16 chapters in the book (including the study by Burton and Guo) can be downloaded without charge from www.ssdisolutions.org.
Workers’ compensation Resources Research Report
Issue 10, September 2015
This issue provides the latest data on the employers’ costs of workers’ compensation. National data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are presented for the private sector for 1986-2014 and for all non-federal employers for 1991-2014. The national data for all non-federal employers from BLS are compared to similar data from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). The issue also contains BLS data from 2014 for variations among employers’ workers’ compensation costs by region, industry, firm size, and occupations. Download WCRRR Issue 10 Order Form. Please note: As of July 1, 2016 Issue 10 is available without charge if you submit an Order Form requesting a PDF file sent as an attachment to an email. Disregard the payment information shown on the Order Form.
Workers’ Compensation Resources Research Report
Issue 9, June 2015
This issue contains the first in a series of issues that provide an Overview of Workers’ Compensation. Part I discusses the origins of workers’ compensation in the U.S. early in the 20th Century, the objectives of a modern workers’ compensation program, and a brief description of the current program. Part II examines the coverage of employers and employees by current workers’ compensation programs. Part II also examines which injuries and diseases are compensable. Download an order form for Issue 9 of the WCRRR here. Please note: As of July 1, 2016 Issue 9 is available without charge if you submit an Order Form requesting a PDF file sent as an attachment to an email. Disregard the payment information shown on the Order Form.
Keynote Address for the Centennial Celebration of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Program
On June 1, 2015 I presented the Keynote Address entitled Workers’ Compensation: Can the State System Survive? at the Centennial Celebration of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Program in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For a copy of the address, click here.
Statement by John Burton to Illinois House of Representatives
On May 5, 2015, I presented a Statement on Workers’ Compensation: Recent Developments in Illinois and in the Nation to the Committee of the Whole before the Illinois House of Representatives. For a copy of the statement, click here.
Statement by Professor Emily A. Spieler to Illinois Senate
On June 29, 2015, Professor Emily A. Spieler, J.D., Professor of Law at Northeastern University, submitted a Statement on Workers’ Compensation to the Committee of the Whole of the Illinois Senate. For a copy of her statement, click Spieler Statement to Illinois Senate
Opinions on the Future of Workers’ Compensation from the IAIABC Journal
Two articles published by the IAIABC Journal: “Should There Be a 21st Century National Commission on State Workers’ Compensation Laws?” by John F. Burton , Jr. and “The Case for Workers’ Recovery” by Robert Wilson, can be downloaded here.
Workers’ Compensation Resources Research Report
Issue 8, November 2014
This issue provides data on the profitability of the workers’ compensation insurance industry in the United States as reported by A.M. Best. The overall operating ratio, which is the most comprehensive measure of underwriting results because it considers investment income, indicates that nationally workers’ compensation insurance was at near-record levels of profitability in 2013. The issue also provides information on the profitability of workers’ compensation insurance at the state level relying on data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Of the eight states examined in the issue, only two had underwriting profits (combined ratios were less than 100), but in six of these states, workers’ compensation carriers had profits after investment income was included. Download an order form for Issue 8 of the WCRRR here. Please note: As of July 1, 2016 Issue 8 is available without charge if you submit an Order Form requesting a PDF file sent as an attachment to an email. Disregard the payment information shown on the Order Form.
Workers’ Compensation Resources Research Report
Issue 6, May 2013
This issue provides national data on the employers’ costs of workers’ compensation from 1986 to 2012, as well as more detailed data for 2012 on employers’ costs by region, industry, occupation, and establishment size. Two measures of employers’ costs at the state level are compared. Download Issue 6 of the WCRRR here. Download Supplement here. Please note: As of July 1, 2016 Issue 6 is available without charge if you submit an Order Form requestinh a PDF file sent as an attachment to an email. Disregard the payment information shown on the Order Form.
The Lack of Correspondence Between Work-Related Disability and Receipt of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Emily A. Spieler and John F. Burton, Jr. American Journal of Industrial Medicine; Vol. 55 (2012): pp. 487-505
Data from surveys of persons with disabilities were used to estimate the proportion of disability due to work-related injuries and diseases. Studies examining the proportion of workers with work-related disabilities who received workers’ compensation benefits were reviewed. Many persons with disabilities caused by work do not receive workers’ compensation benefits. Legal restrictions and other factors explaining the lack of receipt of workers’ compensation benefits were examined. The solution to this problem, such as providing healthcare to workers regardless of the source of injuries and diseases, are complicated and controversial, and will be difficult to implement. Download this article here.
The Growth in Applications for Social Security Disability Insurance: A Spillover Effect from Workers’ Compensation
Xuguang (Steve) Guo and John F. Burton, Jr. Social Security Bulletin; Vol. 72, No. 3 (2012): pp. 69-88.
The determinants of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) were examined. The data were observations for each state (approximately 45 jurisdictions, depending on the year) for each year between 1981 and 1999. The study first reproduced findings of previous studies of the determinants of DI applications. The study then tested for the additional influence of changes in workers’ compensation benefits and eligibility rules on DI application rates. The findings indicate that the programs are interrelated. When benefits declined and eligibility rules tightened in workers’ compensation programs in many states in the 1990s, the DI application rates in those states increased. Download this article here.
Employment Law: Cases and Materials (Fifth Edition)
John Burton is a co-author of the 2012 version of the book, and was the lead author for Chapter 21: Workers’ Compensation. Download the Table of Contents here: Casebook Table of Contents. Download an order form here.
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Issue 5, December 2012 This issue examines the profitability of the workers’ compensation insurance industry.
Issue 4, June 2012 This issue provides data on the employers’ costs of workers’ compensation from 1986 to 2011, as well as more detailed data for 2011 on employers’ costs by region, industry, occupation, and establishment size.
Issue 3, August 2011 This issue contains a report on “Workers’ Compensation Incurred Benefits: 1985-2007” based on the latest available data. The national averages of workers’ compensation benefits have been relatively stable in recent years, but there are substantial differences among jurisdictions in cash, medical, and total benefits.
Issue 2, May 2011 This issue examines the employers’ costs of workers’ compensation based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers’ compensation costs for private sector employers declined in 2010 for the fifth year in a row.
*Issue Two has been superseded by Issue Four Issue 1, September 2010
The inaugural issue examines the profitability of the workers’ compensation insurance industry.
*Issue One has been superseded by Issue Five
Workers’ Compensation: Recent Developments.
A workshop was held on June 7, 2013 at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association in St. Louis. The presenters included John Burton, J.R. Boyd, James Gallen, Emily Spieler, and David B. Torey The PowerPoint presentations for all presenters except J.R. Boyd can be downloaded here: – LERA Gallen PowerPoint – LERA Spieler PowerPoint – LERA.Torrey PowerPoint – LERA Burton PowerPoint
Workers’ Compensation Compendium 2005-06, Volume One and Volume Two.
A free copy will be sent to any person within the US who submits an order form.
Workers’ Compensation Policy Review: The Workers’ Compensation Policy Review ceased publication in December of 2008. The final issue contained a “Letter from the Editor.” Read the letter. Issues of The Workers’ Compensation Policy Review can be downloaded without charge, click here to explore.
National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws: The National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Law submitted its report to the President and Congress in July 1972. Long out of print, The Report of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws can be downloaded here. Articles in the 1972 National Commission by John Burton, Chairman of the Commission, and John Barth, Executive Director of the Commission, were contained in the July/August 2004 issue of The Workers’ Compensation Policy Review. Click here for a copy.
A description of Temporary Disability Benefits in New Jersey has recently been prepared. For a copy click here.