Today marks 100 years of protection for Wisconsin’s workers under the Worker’s Compensation Act. Wisconsin led the nation in this progressive push for employee rights. In 1911, the Wisconsin legislature passed the first effective Worker’s Compensation law in the country. A test case was brought before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and one hundred years ago, today, the Court, in Borgnis v. Falk, 147 Wis. 327, 133 N.W. 209 (November 14, 1911), upheld the constitutionality of the Act—ushering in the very first, valid worker’s compensation law in our country.
The “grand compromise” in our state has served both sides for the entire century. Employees gave up the right Continue reading