The mission of Wisconsin's Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC) is the independent and impartial resolution of unemployment insurance, workers compensation, and equal rights appeals.
In carrying out this mission, LIRC seeks to ensure that:
- All employers and employees are provided a neutral and efficient quasi-judicial forum for the resolution of disputes.
- All parties have been afforded a full and fair opportunity to be heard, and all proceedings have been carried out in a manner respecting the requirements of due process and the dignity of each individual.
- All parties receive the benefits or protections to which they are entitled by law.
- The interpretation and application of the law, as enacted by the Wisconsin Legislature, is correctly and consistently interpreted and applied.
- The public trust and confidence conferred on LIRC by the Wisconsin Legislature is respected.
- As a separate and independent state agency, LIRC's decisions are rendered free from any influence by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the agency whose decisions it is reviewing.
- Its actions contribute to the continuing stability and consistency of the unemployment insurance, worker's compensation, and equal rights programs.
"Every person, claimant, employer, and insurance carrier, stands equal before the Commission, and it is the duty of the Commission to make investigations, find the facts according to the weight of the evidence, and apply the law fairly and justly without regard to the consequences to particular parties." Pruno v. Indus. Comm'n, 187 Wis. 358, 363, 203 N.W. 330 (1925).