Wis. legislature to consider eliminating Labor & Industry Review Commission

The Wisconsin legislature’s Finance Committee is set to consider Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate the commission that resolves workplace disputes. The Labor and Industry Review Commission weighs appeals from administrative law judges’ decisions in disputes involving unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation and workplace equal rights. Walker’s proposed budget would eliminate the commission and its 26.5 positions and transfer its responsibilities elsewhere. Walker’s administration argued that fewer cases have been reaching the commission over the last few years and killing the panel would speed up appeals and remove an unnecessary layer of government. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated about 1,000 additional cases could end up in court annually if the commission disappears.