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Changes in workers' compensation policy of one Wisconsin city worry its employees

A three-day waiting period has been added to one Wisconsin city's workers' compensation policy. This addition is part of a rule change the city adopted in order to make its workers' compensation policy more similar to its private sector counterparts.

Prior to the rule change, when a worker with the city was hurt in the workplace, workers' compensation would begin paying their salary from their first missed day of employment. The new rule sets the policy pay at a non-taxed 66 percent of the salary along with adding the three-day waiting period.

The new rule does not affect employees working under collective bargaining agreements. However, the rule does affect supervisors, such as police captains and lieutenants.

The affected employees have expressed displeasure and anxiety over the change in policy. These workers do not want to have to use their own benefits for three days after being injured at work.

In response to the concerns the affected employees have expressed, the mayor of the city reportedly is considering trying to reverse the rule change through an executive order. Such an order would require city council approval in order to be put into force.

Whether working in the private or public sector in Wisconsin, it is important for an individual to be aware of any significant changes to his or her workers' compensation policy. These changes can make a world of difference when a worker is injured during employment. Even workers employed under collective bargaining agreements should be knowledgeable of the policies that are in place.

Source: PostCrescent.com, "Worker's compensation changes rankle some Appleton employees," Nick Penzenstadler, June 23, 2012

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