Employers in the state of Georgia must now post the revised Workers’ Compensation Bill of Rights for the Injured Worker notice. The changes to the notice come as a result of a new enacted law (Senate Bill 135). The new law revised several sections of the Workers’ Compensation Law. Effective July 1, 2019, the temporary total disability rate, temporary partial disability rate, and surviving spouse benefits increased.
The notice, which includes information about employee rights and responsibilities under the state workers’ compensation law, was revised by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation to reflect the following:
- The maximum weekly benefit for temporary disability increased to $675.
- The maximum weekly benefit for temporary partial disability increased to $450.
- The maximum total compensation payable to a surviving spouse with no other dependent increased to $270,000.
Every employer, individual, firm, association, or corporation, regularly employing three or more employees, part-time or full time, must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Covered employers are required to conspicuously post the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Bill of Rights notice in locations accessible to employees (Code of Georgia, 34-9-81.1(a)) and in the same location as the Workers’ Compensation Panel of Physicians notice (Rule 81.1 of State Board of Workers’ Compensation). CPC is offering two options to stay compliant – employers may purchase the updated Georgia All-On-OneTM Labor Law Poster or the Georgia 2019 Workers’ Compensation Bill of Rights Peel ‘N PostTM to stay compliant.