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105 Years of Workers’ Compensation
By Marc A. Perper
The year 2016 marks the 105th anniversary of the enactment of the first Workers’ Compensation law in the United States. Wisconsin passed the first work comp legislation, followed by Illinois the same year. A centennial commission was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of work comp in America.
Workers’ compensation laws were the first major social legislation in the United States. They were controversial then, and they remain controversial now. Nonetheless, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government itself now have work comp laws. Mississippi was the 50th state to enact work comp legislation in 1948.