Young: Federalizing Comp: Reality or Pipe Dream?
Even though the Obama administration is on the last lap, it has now waded into the debate about whether workers’ comp systems are failing employees and employers.
The October 2016 report of the U.S. Department of Labor is titled “Does the Workers’ Compensation System Fulfill its Obligations to Injured Workers?” Speaking at a conference introducing the report, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez noted that the federal government had abdicated responsibility over what was termed a critical safety net program.
Workers’ comp systems are not federal programs, though, which is part of the problem. So the federal government has not abdicated anything because it had no authority in the first place.