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Changes in the way queries must be worded: As a result of a change made by the Department of Workforce Development, on whose servers LIRC's website is currently maintained, LIRC has been required to shift to a different type of search engine for use on this page and on other pages at our website. Because of this, there have been significant changes in the way queries must be worded. Here are the major differences between the old and new search engines:
Old: Multiple words were treated as a phrase.
New: Multiple words are treated as being joined by the operator AND. For example, the query drug test will find documents containing the word drug and the word test.
Multiple words within quote marks are treated as a phrase. For example, the query "drug test" will find documents containing the phrase drug test .
Old: The Boolean operators AND, OR, AND NOT, and NEAR could be used to connect words or phrases.
New: The operator AND is assumed by default to connect adjacent words or phrases.
The operator OR may still be used between adjacent words or phrases. If used, it replaces the assumed AND.
Instead of the connector AND NOT , use a minus sign (dash) in front of a word to exclude results containing that word. For example: "drug test" -misconduct will find decisions that do include the phrase "drug test" but that do not include the word misconduct.
There is no equivalent to the operator NEAR.
Please note: if an operator word (AND, OR) is included within quote marks, it is not treated as an operator, but simply as a word. For example, the query "drug AND test" will only find documents containing the three-word phrase drug and test
Old: An asterisk could be used as a "wild card" for any word ending (i.e., misc* would find misconduct, mischief, etc.).
New: There is no
longer any "wild
card" capability available.
Old: The search could be focused on the document title by prefixing the query with @DocTitle
New: The prefix to search in the document title is now allintitle: (note - the colon is included). For example:
To search for a decision issued on a particular date: allintitle: "January 20 1999"
To search for LIRC decisions issued in January, 1998: allintitle: January 1998
Please note that in these examples, the quote marks are part of the query, used to create a phrase.
About the database --
Please note, that this is not a collection of all of LIRC's workers compensation decisions, but only of a limited number which have been archived based on a staff assessment that they might be useful as research tools. Neither the inclusion nor the omission of any particular decision should be taken as an indication of the commission's views on the general significance of the decision.
Please note also, that these decisions have been converted to HTML, and for that reason they should not be considered exact reproductions of the originals. These versions of the decisions are provided here as an aid to research only. Copies of decisions may be obtained at the commission's offices.
Please note also, that the capsule summary of the decision which appears on the search results page is not part of the commission's decision and does not necessarily reflect the views of the commission. The summaries are editorial content created by commission staff solely for the purpose of aiding researchers in quickly identifying whether a decision found by searching may touch on issues they are researching.
While the names of all of the members of the commission are listed in the signature block in the decisions, this is not necessarily an indication that all members signed the decision. In earlier cases, the information as to which members signed is not reflected in the version of decision at this website. In most decisions issued since early 1998, that information is provided, by way of the indication " /s/ " before the name of each member of the commission who joined the decision.
Please direct questions or comments about this website to LIRC.