Wisconsin Statutes Employment, Compensation and Mining (Ch. 101 to 109) § 102.01. Definitions

(1) This chapter may be referred to as the “Worker's Compensation Act” and allowances, recoveries and liabilities under this chapter constitute “Worker's Compensation”.

(2) In this chapter:

(ad) “Administrator” means the administrator of the division of hearings and appeals in the department of administration.

(af) “Commission” means the labor and industry review commission.

(ag) “Commissioner” means a member of the commission.

(am) “Compensation” means worker's compensation.

(ap) “Department” means the department of workforce development.

(ar) “Division” means the division of hearings and appeals in the department of administration.

(bm) “General order” means such order as applies generally throughout the state to all persons, employments, places of employment or public buildings, or all persons, employments or places of employment or public buildings of a class under the jurisdiction of the department.  All other orders of the department shall be considered special orders.

(c) “Injury” means mental or physical harm to an employee caused by accident or disease, and also means damage to or destruction of artificial members, dental appliances, teeth, hearing aids and eyeglasses, but, in the case of hearing aids or eyeglasses, only if such damage or destruction resulted from accident which also caused personal injury entitling the employee to compensation therefor either for disability or treatment.

(d) Local governmental unit” means a political subdivision of this state;  a special purpose district or taxing jurisdiction, as defined in s. 70.114(1)(f) , in this state;  an instrumentality, corporation, combination, or subunit of any of the foregoing;  or any other public or quasi-public corporation.

(dm) “Order” means any decision, rule, regulation, direction, requirement, or standard of the department or the division, or any other determination arrived at or decision made by the department or the division.

(e) “Primary compensation and death benefit” means compensation or indemnity for disability or death benefit, other than increased, double or treble compensation or death benefit.

(eg) “Religious sect” means a religious body of persons, or a division of a religious body of persons, who unite in holding certain special doctrines or opinions concerning religion that distinguish those persons from others holding the same general religious beliefs.

(em) “Secretary” means the secretary of workforce development.

(f) “Temporary help agency” means an employer who places its employee with or leases its employees to another employer who controls the employee's work activities and compensates the first employer for the employee's services, regardless of the duration of the services.

(g) Except as provided in s. 102.555 with respect to occupational deafness, “time of injury”, “occurrence of injury”, or “date of injury” means:

1. In the case of accidental injury, the date of the accident which caused the injury.

2. In the case of disease, the date of disability or, if that date occurs after the cessation of all employment that contributed to the disability, the last day of work for the last employer whose employment caused disability.

(gm) “Wisconsin compensation rating bureau” means the bureau provided for in s. 626.06 .

(h) “Uninsured employer” means an employer that is in violation of s. 102.28(2) .

(j) “Uninsured employers fund” means the fund established under s. 102.80(1) .

(jm) “Uninsured employer surcharge” means the surcharge under s. 102.85(4) .

(k) “Workweek” means a calendar week, starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday.


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