Friday, March 16, 2018

Before American Workers’ Compensation Law: We Were Not the First

According to a document published by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1917 (there were a couple of earlier versions), the following countries and/or their provinces enacted workers’ compensation prior to any U.S. states having done so (Wisconsin enacted the first such U.S. state law in 1911):

 

Germany:1884                                                Austria: 1887                                                 

Norway: 1894                                                 Finland: 1895                                                 

Great Britain: 1897                                         Denmark: 1898                                              

Italy: 1898                                                       France: 1898                                                  

Spain: 1900                                                     New Zealand: 1900                                       

South Australia: 1900                                     Netherlands: 1901  

Greece: 1901                                                   Sweden: 1901                                                            

Luxemburg: 1902                                           Western Australia: 1902                                

British Columbia: 1902                                  Russia: 1903   

Belgium: 1903                                                Queensland: 1905                    

Cape of Good Hope: 1905                              Mexico-Nuevo Leon: 1906  

Venezuela: 1906                                             Hungary: 1907

Transvaal: 1907                                              Newfoundland: 1908

Alberta: 1908                                                  Bulgaria: 1908

Quebec: 1909                                                  Manitoba: 1910

Nova Scotia: 1910                                          Liechtenstein: 1910

Serbia: 1910                                                    New South Wales: 1910

 

At some point in the not distant future I intend to create a chart comparing the major vital features (exclusivity, forms of benefits, etc.) of these laws.

Michael C. Duff

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/workerscomplaw/2018/03/before-american-workers-compensation-law-we-were-not-the-first.html

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