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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Written Comments Accepted Through Jan. 16, 2023
MADISON - The Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Advisory Council held a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 15, to seek input on recommending law changes to the Legislature concerning the state's worker's compensation program.
"Input from the public, both during the hearing and in written comments, provides an important contribution in the process that results in positive changes to our state's worker's compensation system," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "Members of the advisory council give careful consideration to all comments received as they work collaboratively to develop and send the Legislature a bill that, in line with decades of tradition, reflect agreement across employer and worker interests."
The public hearing is one of the first steps in what is commonly referred to as the biennial "agreed-upon bill" cycle to make changes to the state's Worker's Compensation Act, which was passed in 1911 and modified through the years. The council also is receiving written comments until Jan. 16, 2023.v
During the hearing, the council receives testimony from a variety of stakeholders representing labor, management, insurance, legal, and other perspectives. The council's labor and management members negotiate amendment proposals and jointly approve an agreed-upon bill with the changes. Agreed-upon bills require approval from the Legislature and Governor to become law. Gov. Tony Evers signed the most recent worker's compensation agreed-upon bill in April 2022. Some highlights of the recent legislation include:
Written comments may be submitted to Steve Peters, Chair, Worker's Compensation Advisory Council, 201 E. Washington Ave., Room C100, Madison, WI 53703, or via email to: WCAdvisoryCouncil@dwd.wisconsin.gov. The submission deadline for written comments is Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.
A citizen advisory council has existed in some form since 1911 to assist the department and Legislature in amending the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Act. The Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Advisory Council was codified by Chapter 327 Laws of 1967 (effective Feb. 18, 1968) to advise the department and Legislature on policy matters concerning the development and administration of the worker's compensation law. One of the important enduring values of the council is maintaining the overall stability of the workers compensation system without regard to partisan changes in the legislative or executive branches of government.
The statutes prescribe the council's membership as follows:
Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.