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Building a human rights framework for workers' compensation in the United States: Opening the debate on first principles†
Article first published online: 14 FEB 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Re-thinking Workers' Compensation: The Human Rights Perspective
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 506–518, June 2012
How to Cite
Hilgert, J. A. (2012), Building a human rights framework for workers' compensation in the United States: Opening the debate on first principles. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 506–518. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22023
- Issue published online: 8 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 JAN 2012
- workers' compensation;
- human rights;
- injured workers' rights;
- labor economics;
- social policy
This article introduces the idea of human rights to the topic of workers' compensation in the United States. It discusses what constitutes a human rights approach and explains how this approach conflicts with those policy ideas that have provided the foundation historically for workers' compensation in the United States.
Using legal and historical research, key international labor and human rights standards on employment injury benefits and influential writings in the development of the U.S. workers' compensation system are cited.
Workers' injury and illness compensation in the United States does not conform to basic international human rights norms.
A comprehensive review of the U.S. workers' compensation system under international human rights standards is needed. Examples of policy changes are highlighted that would begin the process of moving workers' compensation into conformity with human rights standards. Am. J. Ind. Med. 55:506–518, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.