Plain Language Summary of Law Changes: 1996-2012

For many decades, every two years, the Worker's Compensation Advisory Council recommends a bill with a series of changes to the Act. In some years, the changes are extensive. In others, the recommended changes are relatively minor. By tradition, the "agreed-upon" changes to the Act are not amended by the Legislature and enjoys the unanimous support of the legislature.

A brief summary of legislative changes to the Worker’s Compensation Act since 1996 is provided for informational and references purposes. Unless otherwise indicated, the changes take effect January 1st of each even-numbered year. These legislative changes represent the collective wisdom of the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council about how to distill many diverse points of view—from employees, employers, insurers, health-care providers, attorneys, elected officials and staff—into a "package" that improves the worker's compensation system in Wisconsin.


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