An International Comparison of Workers' Compensation / Edition 1

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This book provides an international comparison of workers' compensation insurance practices. It begins with an explanation of the major characteristics of a workers' compensation program such as which workers are covered and what medical care of expense benefits are provided. The book:describes the minimum standards prescribed by the International Labor Organization in 1964 and the United States National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws in 1972; summarizes what options 136 nations have selected for each of the major characteristics; shows how these options tend to vary from nation to nation according to location, income status, and its security system; and describes in detail the workers' compensation program in 13 nations including the U.S., U.K., Japan, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Germany, to name a few. The nations were selected because they represent a wide variety of the approaches that have been made to workers' compensation programs throughout the world. This book is an invaluable reference source for anyone working in the areas of industrial relations, insurance, labor economics, and actuarial studies.
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1 Basic Concepts and Design Characteristics of Workers’ Compensation.- National or State Programs.- Relationship to Tort Liability.- Security System.- Employees Covered.- Compensable Injuries and Diseases.- Benefits.- Security System.- Administration.- Notes.- References.- 2 Workers’ Compensation Standards.- International Labor Organization Convention 121.- ILO Recommendation 121.- ILO and U.S. National Commission Standards Compared.- Notes.- References.- 3 Workers’ Compensation Programs Throughout the World.- Nations Included in This Summary.- Exclusive Remedy or Not?.- Employees Covered.- Medical Expense Benefits.- Temporary Total Disability Benefits.- Permanent Total Disability Benefits.- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits.- Death Benefits.- Sources of Funds and Employer Cost Allocations.- Maximum Earnings Limits for Contributions.- Notes.- References.- 4 Classification of Workers’ Compensation Programs.- Employees Covered.- Medical Care Benefits.- Temporary Total Disability Benefits.- Permanent Total Disability Benefits.- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits.- Funeral Grants.- Widows’ Survivor Benefits.- Sources of Funds and Allocation of Employer Contributions.- Some Concluding Comments.- References.- 5 Workers’ Compensation Programs in 13 Nations: More Details.- Federal Republic of Germany.- United Kingdom.- The Netherlands.- New Zealand.- Switzerland.- Malaysia.- Austria.- Hungary.- Japan.- Korea (South).- Sweden.- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.- United States.- Notes.- References.- 6 Highlights and Conclusions.- Exclusive Remedy of the Employees Against the Employer.- Complete Integration into a General Social Insurance System.- Security System.- Employees Covered.- Medical Expenses Covered.- Lump Sum or Pension Disability and Death Benefits.- Earnings-Related or Flat Amount Disability and Death Benefits.- Dependents’ Benefits.- Waiting Period.- Pension Duration Limits.- Indexing Long-Term Pensions.- Funding.- Flat or Risk-Related Employer Contributions.- The Most Common Provisions.- Standards.- Variations Among Nations.- Conclusion.
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