In 2006, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a series of workers’ compensation reforms known as Act 147. Perhaps the most significant aspect of Act 147 was the provision that created the mandatory mediation program. Until Act 147 was passed, mediations were strictly voluntary. Moreover, there were only a handful of judges who performed voluntary mediations because there was no incentive for a judge to mediate the cases of other judges beyond good will. Nonetheless, the mediations that did take place were overwhelmingly successful.
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