Jun 3, 2021
After decades of skyrocketing insurance premiums and protracted litigation over injured worker benefits, construction trade unions and their employers persuaded Minnesota's legislature to pass legislation in 1995 allowing for an alternative workers compensation system. The goals of the program were simple: focus attention on a safe and immediate return to light-duty work, ensure the best medical treatment protocols are followed, and achieve a return to pre-injury wages and benefits as soon as possible. The results or 24 years have exceeded expectations. This month we had a chance to visit with two experts from the Union Construction Workers' Compensation Program - Kevin Gregerson and Sandy Stoddard. Kevin and Sandy shared their perspectives on the history, benefits, achievements, and future of the ADR program in Minnesota.