Workers’ Comp Claims by Undocumented Workers: Evolving State Laws

Evolving State Laws, the Effect of Immigration Status on Workers' Comp Benefits and Navigating Conflicting Laws Regarding Rights, Benefits, and Obligations

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will explore how different states approach workers' compensation claims by undocumented workers, including rights of workers and responsibilities of employers. The panel will provide an overview of cases currently working their way through courts and outline emerging trends for these types of claims.


There are 8 million undocumented workers in the U.S. today. States vary greatly as to how they apply workers' compensation law to undocumented workers with some either explicitly or implicitly allowing benefits and a few denying benefits.

There are different types of workers' comp benefits available to injured employees. Counsel must deal with the effect of the employee's immigration status upon the employee's receipt of workers' compensation benefits.

Listen as our authoritative panel of workers' compensation attorneys reviews approaches that states take regarding benefit recovery by undocumented workers, discusses the effect of employees' immigration status on the receipt of workers' compensation benefits, and analyzes how current proposed legislation and pending litigation impacts this area of law.



  1. Different states approaches to benefit recovery by undocumented workers
  2. Different Types of Benefits
  3. Current legislation, litigation and emerging trends
    1. New statutes
    2. Pending litigation
    3. How future claims will likely be impacted


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the differing approaches by states regarding workers' compensation benefit recovery by undocumented workers?
  • What are the high-profile pending cases regarding undocumented workers' compensation claims—and what is their likely impact on future claims?
  • What effect does immigration status have on the receipt of workers' compensation benefits?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Daniel Barrera
Daniel Barrera

The Barrera Law Firm

His focus is on workers compensation. He has represented thousands of injured accident victims. He has been lead...  |  Read More

Aaron N. Halstead
Aaron N. Halstead

Hawks Quindel

His practice focuses on labor and employment litigation and on worker's compensation. He has been a member of the Board...  |  Read More

Michael Schultz
Michael Schultz

Michael Schultz Law Firm

He has more than 25 years of experience in the practice areas of personal injury, workers' compensation and social...  |  Read More

Dona L. Skeren
Dona L. Skeren

Assistant Managing Attorney
Floyd Skeren & Kelly

Her practice focus is on assisting employers with understanding and converging the return-to-work cross-over issues...  |  Read More

Bernadette M. O'Brien
Bernadette M. O'Brien

Managing Atty of Employment Law Department
Floyd Skeren & Kelly

She provides advice and counsel to employers in employment related matters. She is the author of the LexisNexis...  |  Read More

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