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Legislators Introduce Bill to Reform Worker’s Comp Council Membership

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  
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Representative John Spiros (R – Marshfield) and Senator Duey Stroebel (R – Saukville) have introduced Assembly Bill 308 and Senate Bill 235, respectively. The bills aim to reform the composition of membership on the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council.

Currently, the council is made up of ten members: five representing employers and five representing employees. There are no further conditions on who exactly each member represents. Assembly Bill 308 and Senate Bill 235 want to change that by stipulating the proportion of representatives of employees who are representatives of labor unions must be the same as the proportion of employees in the state of Wisconsin who are union members. For instance, if 20% of the total workforce in Wisconsin belongs to a labor union, then one of the five members representing employees can be from a labor union.

At this time, all five employee representatives are from labor unions. So, the bills would significantly change the council membership.

Assembly Bill 308 received a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Labor. A number of labor unions registered in opposition to the bill. Senate Bill 235 has yet to receive a hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform, and one has not yet been scheduled.

One of the bills needs to pass both committees and then both bodies of the legislature before it can become law.

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