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Connecticut is a proverbially conservative State and rarely has
been the first to take up innovations. In adopting an act providing
compensation for injured workmen, she has had the advantage
of the experience of other countries and other American
States. More than three decades ago she took the same course
in framing a system of reformed procedure and availed herself of
the experiments which had gone before.
The Workmen's Compensation Act will doubtless require and
undergo important amendments before it reaches its final form.
As it stands now, it represents some of the best features of the
system which have proven themselves practical elsewhere, with
changes designed to adapt it to Connecticut needs.
The Act went into effect at the beginning of the current year,
the commissioners having been appointed three months before and
having used the intervening time in determining broad questions
of policy, mapping out plans for the administration of the Act
and preparing forms, rules and bulletins. The law came as a distinct
innovation in Connecticut jurisprudence. It found both the
profession and the public unacquainted, not only with its details,
but with the underlying conceptions of the system.
The work of those concerned in the administration has been
naturally, during the earlier months, largely educational in character,
consisting in great part in explaining the Act and seeking
to place the people of the State in a position to understand its
spirit as well as its details.
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