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Illinois city aims to lower worker injury claims with bonus offer

Hoping to lower Illinois workers’ compensation claims, the city of Springfield has approved a collective bargaining agreement that will pay employees for not getting hurt. Workers covered by the contract will get $250 per year for the first four years of injury-free employment, then $750 in the fifth year. The amount paid steadily increases. For example, an employee who worked for 30 years without getting hurt would get a lump-sum payment of $3900 upon retirement, in addition to the $21,750 the city would pay out in annual installments over three decades.

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