2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
May 8, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Spiros, Knodl, Allen, R. Brooks,
Jacque, Kremer, Macco, Petersen, Quinn, Thiesfeldt and Hutton,
cosponsored by Senators Stroebel, Kapenga, Marklein, Nass and
Wanggaard. Referred to Committee on Labor.
1An Act to amend
15.227 (4) of the statutes; relating to: the composition of the
2Council on Worker's Compensation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill makes various changes to the Council on Worker's Compensation in
the Department of Workforce Development. Under current law, the council consists
of a designated employee of DWD who serves as chairperson, five representatives of
employers, five representatives of employees, and, as nonvoting members, three
representatives of worker's compensation insurers authorized to do business in this
state. Under the bill, the proportion of representatives of employees who are
representatives of organized labor on the council must be the same as the proportion
of employees in this state who are union members.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
15.227 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
15.227 (4) Council on worker's compensation.
There is created in the 5
department of workforce development a council on worker's compensation appointed 6
by the secretary of workforce development to consist of a designated employee of the
department of workforce development as chairperson, 5 representatives of 2
employers, and 5 representatives of employees. The number of representatives of
3employees who are representatives of organized labor shall be in the same proportion
4as the number of employees represented by organized labor in this state compared
5to the total number of employees in this state, but may not be less than 2.
secretary of workforce development shall also appoint 3 representatives of insurers 7
authorized to do worker's compensation insurance business in this state as 8
nonvoting members of the council.
(1) Composition of council on worker's compensation.
Within 30 days after 11
the effective date of this subsection, the secretary of workforce development shall 12
remove all employer and employee representatives on the council on worker's 13
compensation. On the date on which the employer and employee representatives are 14
removed in accord with this subsection, the secretary of workforce development shall 15
appoint 5 representatives of employers and 5 representatives of employees in 16
accordance with section 15.227 (4) of the statutes, as affected by this act. This 17
subsection does not preclude the secretary of workforce development from 18
reappointing to the council on worker's compensation a representative of employers 19
or representative of employees who was removed from that council under this 20