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Reexamining Workers' Compensation: A Human Rights Perspective



This article examines the political debate around workers' compensation, which has consistently focused on employer costs and worker fraud. The article asserts that the current system has proven demeaning for injured workers, who face significant barriers to accessing benefits, and proposes the human rights framework, valuing the dignity and security of injured workers, as an alternative to the free market paradigm. 

Source: Boden, Leslie I. Reexamining Workers' Compensation: A Human Rights Perspective, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 55:483-486 (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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