Workers’ Compensation Overview

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An Inside Look at the Regulations that Drive the Industry

Under the workers' compensation system, employers are required to provide coverage to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. Workers' compensation is governed by each state's system, which can differ from one to the next. However, the structure and operation of the overall workers' compensation system is largely the same across the board.

To find out the details of your state's law, contact your state department of industrial relations or workers' compensation. You can also find information on state workers' compensation laws at the U.S. Department of Labor's website,

    What Does Workers' Compensation Cover?

    Workers' compensation laws only cover work-related injury or illness. But, the injury or illness does not necessarily have to occur in the workplace. As long as it's job-related, it's covered. For example, employees are covered if they are injured while traveling on business, running a work-related errand, or attending a business-related social function. Covered injuries and illnesses can range from sudden accidents -- such as falling off a scaffold -- to injuries that develop over time, such as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), or illnesses from exposure to workplace chemicals.

      What Are an Employer's Responsibilities for Workers' Compensation?

      Employers have several obligations under the workers' compensation system. If these requirements are not met, employers can be fined and injured employees may be able file suit against an employer.