Worker’s Compensation got its start in Wisconsin in 1911. Under this so-called “Grand Bargain,” businesses would pay for the full medical expenses for employees injured at work, but in exchange, workers agreed not to pursue legal damages against their employers in court. Instead of turning to the courts to settle disagreements about the nature of worker’s injuries, Worker’s Compensation cases are resolved before the state Labor and Industry Review Commission, or LIRC. A recent study claims that ever since Scott Walker took over the LIRC in 2013, it has become increasingly anti-worker. Managing Editor for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Dee Hall has been following this development, and she joins Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone.
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