The first Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark webinar of 2017provided our thoughts on the 20 Workers' Compensation Issues toWatch in 2017. What follows is a summary of the initial 10 issuesdiscussed:

1. Election impact

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under President Obama feltstate workers' compensation systems needed reform, and they wereprepared to recommend minimum benefit standards to the states.President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder,has been a vocal opponent of many federal labor regulations. Fornow, any talk of the federal government getting involved in stateworkers' compensation issues seems to be on hold.

2. Health care reform

Regardless of which side of the aisle we find ourselves on,surveys have shown that most Americans believe the Affordable CareAct is not working as it was originally intended or as well as theywould like.

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