Are workers' compensation records open to the public?

In general, they are not open to the public, in accordance with the Workers' Disability Compensation Act (WDCA) and the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These Acts stipulate that records relating to the claim of an individual worker and financial information concerning self-insured employers are confidential.

There are some exceptions to this confidentiality. Records of contested cases are public records. If an application for a formal hearing, either before a magistrate or the director, has been filed, the records relating to that case are open to the public, with some exceptions as noted by the WDCA and the FOIA. The agency also has the authority to provide information concerning confidential records to other governmental agencies and, under certain circumstances, to research organizations.