Ed Welch

Ed Welch is the director of the Workers' Compensation Center in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University.

 Ed Welch is the director of the Workers' Compensation Center in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University. He is co-chair (with Christine Baker) of NASI's symposium, Health and Income Security for Injured Workers: Directions for the 21st Century, October 12-13, 2006. Welch was elected a charter member for workers' compensation of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and is a member of both of NASI's workers' compensation committees, the Steering Committee and Data Panel.

“Ed Welch has a wealth of experience in workers' compensation. He was an applicants' attorney and then the administrator of the Michigan workers' compensation agency. He currently directs the MSU Workers' Compensation Center, which provides instruction and certification to workers' compensation practitioners throughout the country. This background has enhanced his contributions to the NASI's activities in workers' compensation,” said John Burton, Jr. Chair of NASI's Study Panel on National Data on Workers' Compensation.

From 1991 to 1999 Welch was the editor of the newsletter On Workers' Compensation. He was the Director of the Michigan Bureau of Workers' Disability Compensation from 1985 through 1990. In 1990, he received the outstanding achievement award in workers' compensation, from the National Association of Manufacturers, the Alliance of American Insurers, and the American Insurance Association.

Welch is known for his ability to explain the complex aspects of workers' compensation in a simple and entertaining manner. Welch has written Employers' Guide to Workers' Compensation, an analysis of the legal and practical aspects of workers' compensation, published by the Bureau of National Affairs. He has also written Workers' Compensation in Michigan: Law and Practice. This book that has become the standard legal text book on workers' compensation in Michigan, and because it is written in an accessible and non-legalistic style, anyone familiar with workers' compensation can read and understand the text. Additionally, he has edited Workers' Compensation Strategies for Lowering Costs and Reducing Workers' Suffering and has published many articles related to workers' compensation. Welch has also served on numerous workers' compensation-related boards and panels. He has been the Vice President of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, and was the secretary to a Labor/Management Discussion Group on Workers' Compensation, which was co-chaired by the National Association of Manufacturers and the AFL-CIO. He also served as the neutral co-chair of the Workers' Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Work and Health, a research organization in Toronto, Ontario. Earlier in his career he was a claimants' attorney in Muskegon and Battle Creek, Michigan, and before attending law school, he was a high school teacher. Welch's degrees are all from the University of Michigan—he has a bachelor's degree in English, a law degree, and a master's degree in guidance and counseling.