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Governor Brian Kemp has signed into law several changes which will have a direct impact on workers’ compensation claims in Georgia. House Bill 1409 provides for an increase in the maximum Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) and Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) rates.
The Court of Appeals of Georgia recently addressed the definition of when the last payment of income benefits is “actually made” as it relates to the two-year statute of limitations defense in O.C.G.A. § 34-9-104(b), commonly known as the change of condition statute.
On Aug. 13, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance echoes and parallels the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) report on July 28, 2021, recommending that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor spaces of substantial or high transmission and that schools adopt universal indoor masking policies regardless of individual vaccination status.
- 08.10.2021Supreme Court of Georgia Rules Apportionment to Nonparties Does Not Apply in Cases With One Defendant
On Aug. 10, 2021, in Alston & Bird v. Hatcher Management Holdings, LLC, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that the portion of Georgia’s apportionment statute, O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33, providing defendants the ability to reduce their damages through apportionment to nonparties does not apply in cases where there is only one defendant.