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Immigrant Workers and Worker's Compensation: The Need for Reform



This article examines the disproportionately high rate at which immigrant workers suffer occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities and identifies the "nearly insurmountable" barriers they face when trying to access benefits under the workers' compensation system. The article provides an overview of the laws and policies that contribute to these barriers and makes recommendations for research and advocacy to improve the system.  

Source: Smith, J.D. Rebecca. Immigrant Workers and Workers' Compensation: The Need for Reform, American Journal of Industrial Medicine 55: 537-544 (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.

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