The commonwealth of Massachusetts has had industrial compensation insurance since July 1, 1912. During the past twenty-six years several sections of the Workmen's Compensation Act, as chapter 153 of the general laws is called, have been repealed and many sections added, so that today the act is composed of over 14,000 words, in 85 sections. Its purposes and provisions have been clarified—and occasionally befogged—by over 600 decisions on controversial issues by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
No employer of labor is compelled to carry compensation insurance, and many do not. Large corporations, like the Boston and Maine Railroad, the Boston Elevated Railway, the Boston Edison Co., the New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. and the General Electric Co., carry their own insurance. The care and the compensation given to their injured employees are much like the benefits enjoyed by the employees of insured employers.
The employee of a noninsured
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