Workers’ Compensation Changes

On April 26, 2016, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation (H.B. 818) amending the state’s workers’ compensation law. The law:

  • Increases the maximum average weekly wage from $550 to $575 per week (but maintain minimum temporary total disability exposure at $50 per week, unless the weekly wage is below $50).
  • Increases the temporary partial disability maximum from $367 to $383 per week.
  • Increases total compensation payable under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-265 for compensation in a dea th claim from $220,000 to $230,000.
  • Makes the Board’s Administrative Law Judges subject to the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct.
  • Requires employers seeking to be designated as self-insured to provide the board “sufficient information for the Board to make an adequate assessment of the employer’s workers’ compensation exposure and liabilities.”
  • Makes additional revisions to the Self-Insurer’s Guaranty Trust Fund.

The law goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

Read GA H.B. 818