Lawmakers from two separate Georgia state committees recently met to discuss a proposal that would slash the amount of time injured workers have to pursue a claim with the state board of workers' compensation.
Currently, workers have up to five years to file a work injury claim with the State Board of Workers' Compensation. House Bill 536 would significantly cut that by more than half, down to 2 years.
The intent, say Republican backers, is to shorten the amount of time an employee can leave an employer and then file a workers' compensation claim. Proponents of the measure say companies are burdening unfairly because insurance premiums are set higher in this state to cover for the extended risk of a claim. They argue that's money that could be going to hire more workers or give additional raises.