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CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WITNESSES
WEDNESDAY, March 28, 1979
Flockhart, Robert W., counsel, American Insurance Association, prepared
Gaskin, William E., director of government relations, American Metal Stamping Association, prepared statement
Grosfield, Norman H., administrator, division of workers' compensation, State of Montana.
Hatch, Hon. Orrin G., a U.S. Senator from the State of Utah
Head, R. Pierce, vice president for personnel, Georgia Power Co., for the Edison
LaFalce, Hon. John J., a Representative in Congress from the State of New
Maisonpierre, Andre, vice president, Alliance of American Insurers; Robert W.
Marshall, Hon. F. Ray, Secretary of Labor, accompanied by Donald Elisburg,
McBride, Lloyd, president, United Steelworkers of America; and Jacob Clay-
Melcher, Hon. John, a U.S. Senator from the State of Montana
National Association of Independent Insurers, Howard Bunn, vice president, workers' compensation, prepared statement
National Association of Home Builders, Vondal S. Gravlee, president, prepared statement
Paster, Howard, legislative director, International Union of United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, accompanied by Dr. Frank Mirer, industrial hygienist
Robbins, Dr. Anthony, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Sandberg, E. A., president of the California State Fund, and chairman of the
Shapiro, A. Eugene, Ph. D., Association for the Advancement of Psychology,
Welch, George T., president, International Rehabilitation Associates, prepared statement
Articles, publications, et cetera:
Competitive and exclusive State funds in the United States, from Best's
Dimensions of Workers' Compensation, from the United Steelworkers of
Types of workers' compensation systems in the United States, from Best's
Clayman, Jacob, president, Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO, from
Javits, Hon. Jacob K., a U.S. Senator from the State of New York, from T.
Jones, T. Lawrence, president, American Insurance Association, from Hon.
Williams, Hon. Harrison A., Jr., Chairman, Committee on Labor and
Clayman, Jacob, president, Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO,
Corbett, Ramond R., president, New York State AFL-CIO, Albany,
Fitzsimmons, Frank E., general president, International Brotherhood
Chances of being hurt, losing time and average time lost, selected industries, 1976
Current maximum weekly benefits and maximum incomes fully compensated, 1978....
Effect of 150 percent cap on benefits on UAW big three workers in various
Relative importance of workers' compensation and sick leave for nonoffice and office employees, 1976
Selected occupational injury and illness rates, private sector, by industry, 1976......
Social security disability and workers' compensation..
Employee compensation per hour, by compensation item: 1976
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Work
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO
National Association of Furniture Manufacturers.
ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS FROM-Continued
National Association of Home Builders
Alliance of Metalworking Industries
Associated General Contractors of America, The..
National Conference of State Legislatures
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
National Cotton Council of America
Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union
National Association of Stevedores
American Iron and Steel Institute
Excerpts of hearing held in Trenton submitted by New Jersey State
NATIONAL WORKERS' COMPENSATION
STANDARDS ACT OF 1979
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 1979
COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES,
The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:41 a.m., in room 4232, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Senator Harrison A. Williams Jr. [chairman] presiding.
Present: Senators Williams, Javits, Stafford, and Hatch.
OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR WILLIAMS
The CHAIRMAN. Good morning and welcome to this first day of hearings by the Committee on Labor and Human Resources on S. 420, the National Workers' Compensation Standards Act of 1979. With these hearings, we take a step toward fulfilling a promise which the Federal Government made to America's workers 9 years ago. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established the National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws. The Commission was charged with the responsibility of studying the compensation laws of the States to determine if they provide an adequate, prompt and equitable system of compensation for injury or death arising out of or in the course of employment. Implicit in the undertaking was the commitment to do what is necessary to insure that those laws are and remain adequate and humane. In truth, our Nation's promise to our workers goes far beyond 1970. It goes back to the early years of the 20th century when the concept of workers' compensation was born in this country.
It was a simple idea. In exchange for giving up their common law right to sue their employers for damages resulting from workplace injuries and death, workers were promised compensation. This compensation was calculated to fairly and adequately replace lost earnings capacity and insure adequate medical care.
Unfortunately, workers' compensation awards in many States do not adequately replace lost earnings capacity, provide complete medical care, assure rehabilitation of injured workers, or restore disabled workers to the job.
The deficiencies of the State worker's compensation laws were well noted by the National Commission in its 1972 landmark report. The Commission made 84 recommendations for improvements of the State laws, 19 of which the Commission deemed to be essential if State laws were to adequately and fairly meet the needs of workers.