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The Alabama Department of Labor transitioned to Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for all state workers’ compensation forms as of January 1, 2023. This transition aims to streamline the existing system, increasing overall efficiency, reducing errors and eliminating the need for mailing physical forms, which can incur costs.
- 04.11.2023Georgia Legislative Update: Legislature Passes Bill With Changes to Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Procedure
The Georgia Legislature recently passed House Bill 480, which includes several substantive changes to both the law and procedure regarding workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Kemp, where if signed, as it is presumed it will be, will take effect on July 1, 2023.
The Alabama Supreme Court recently issued an opinion establishing that cell phone use in an automobile can constitute “substantial evidence” of wantonness in Alabama. While cell phone use has long been a factor in case evaluation, this opinion shows that phone use (distinguished from other types of distracted driving) can support a punitive award.