Friday, September 8, 2017

First-Ever Wyoming Workers' Compensation Symposia

I'm very pleased to announce that in two weeks' time--on September 22--I'll begin facilitating the first-ever workers' compensation symposia series at the University of Wyoming College of Law. My plan is for this year's presentations to be the prelude for creation of the first-ever Wyoming workers' compensation treatise:


Workers' Compensation Symposia

Hosted by the College of Law, The Workers' Compensation Symposia consists of a series of presentations exploring Workers' Compensation laws and issues relating specifically to Wyoming. 

The Conference will take place at the University of Wyoming College of Law | Room 178 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Live-Streaming Option Available 


Michael C. Duff

September 8, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Protecting Migrant Workers from Workplace Injuries

I've been a bit distracted of late as the fall semester has gotten underway at the University of Wyoming College of Law. I'm teaching first year Torts and an upper division course in Labor Law. Despite my distraction, a piece over at the Workplace Prof Blog caught my eye, so I'm taking the liberty of reblogging:

Tequila Brooks has just posted an essay over at Intlawgrrls on Making the human rights case for including compensation for workplace injuries in free trade agreements. Here's an excerpt:

For many undocumented workers in the U.S., suffering a workplace injury can lead to detention, deportation and worse, as reported by Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes in their August 16, 2017 Pro Publica article, They Got Hurt at Work. Then They Got Deported. Although public policy and extensive case law in the U.S. guarantee workers’ compensation coverage for undocumented immigrants, insurers have found a way to avoid paying claims by reporting injured workers to federal immigration authorities.


Currently, the U.S. NAFTA re-negotiation goals do not mention incorporation of workers’ compensation or protection of migrant workers – but they should. Labor provisions in FTAs contain mechanisms that can enhance member states’ ability to protect human rights. While imperfect, the NAALC and labor provisions in other FTAs provide a forum for public petitions and inter-governmental dialogue on important cross-border labor issues. They have the as yet under-utilized potential to address the kinds of failures in justice administration immigrants encounter. NAFTA re-negotiators should remember that there is nothing more fundamental to a worker and our shared global economy than the integrity of her body and mind – and act accordingly to ensure that workers’ compensation is included among the labor rights protected in any re-negotiated agreement.


Michael C. Duff

September 6, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)