John F. Burton, Jr. is Professor Emeritus in the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University and Professor Emeritus in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is a Member of the Study Panel on National Data on Workers’ Compensation of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Burton previously served as Dean of SMLR and as a faculty member at Cornell University and the University of Chicago. He has a law degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
John Burton has conducted research, served as a consultant, and assisted with the formulation of public policy for many years. He was the Chairman of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws, which submitted its report to the President and Congress in 1972. He has served as a consultant to a number of jurisdictions, including Florida, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, and Ontario. His book with Monroe Berkowitz, Permanent Disability Benefits in Workers’ Compensation, received the Kulp Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association. Burton was President of the Industrial Relations Research Association (now the Labor and Employment Relations Association) in 2002. He also was the editor of John Burton’s Workers’ Compensation Monitor from 1988 to 1997 and the Workers’ Compensation Policy Review from 2001 to 2008. (He has had no connection with Workers’ Compensation Monitor subsequent to the July/August 1997 issue.)