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Building a Human Rights Framework for Workers' Compensation in the United States: Opening the Debate on First Principles

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This article examines a human rights approach to workers' compensation. The article provides an analysis of what constitutes a human rights approach, contrasts it with the traditional policy approach to workers' compensation, and advocates for the introduction of a new value system through the human rights framework.

Source: Hilgert, Jeffery A. Building a Human Rights Framework for Workers' Compensation in the United States: Opening the Debate on First Principles, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 55:506-518 (2012).

About the Source: Re-thinking Workers’ Compensation-The Human Rights Perspective, the June 2012 special open-access issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, is now available online. These articles emerged from background papers prepared for the national meeting, “Rethinking Workers’ Compensation: Developing Strategies to Protect Injured/Ill Workers’ Basic Human Rights” convened by NESRI in 2010.  Authors include Emily Spieler, John Burton, Jeffrey Hilgert, Katherine Lippel, Rebecca Smith and Martha McCluskey.