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The Act requires that hearings to determine workers'; compensation awards be held more quickly than previously required. Maximum monetary benefits for covered injuries are increased, while employers are allowed to set off certain other disability benefits against workers; compensation obligations and to have access to any employee's medical files related to a covered injury. New limits are set on the length of coverage for some types of injuries. Attorneys'; fees are reduced to a maximum of twenty-five percent. New responsibilities for communicating information are imposed on insurers and rating organizations. The Act creates an Advisory Council, and requires that more information be prepared and provided to employees describing their rights under the workers'; compensation system.

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