HAS WORKERS’ COMP REALLY GOTTEN MORE EMPLOYER FRIENDLY? 10 Changes to the Michigan Workers Comp Act.

In December, for the first time in more than 25 years, the Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act saw some major changes.  These changes are widely considered to be advantageous for employers.  Among the significant changes:

1.         Wage Earning Capacity is Redefined

2.         A Connection Between Wage Loss and Disability is Required

3.         Must Establish Medically Distinguishable Pathology

4.         Adds to the Definition of Mental Disability

5.         Changes the “100-Week Rule”

6.         Extends the Period When the Employer Controls Medical Treatment

7.         Expands Credit for Unemployment Benefits and Qualifying Pensions

8.         Requires the Magistrate to Take Into Account the Affect of Any Internal Joint Replacement Surgery, Internal Implant or Other Similar Medical Procedure When Determining Whether a Specific Loss has Occurred

9.         Restructured Redemptions

10.       Adjusts the Calculation of Interest

Now, I’d like to be able to tell you all that I know all about the changes, but that just wouldn’t be true. Fortunately, I work at a law firm with someone who does. Geri Drozdowski practices in the area of Workers’ Compensation law and she wrote an excellent article explaining all of this for you.  In fact, I stole her headings for this post.

So, if you need an update on this important change in the law or if you are just curious, you can find Geri’s article at http://www.wnj.com/Publications/Michigans-New-Workers-Disability-Compensation-Ac