The SBAC and several coalition partners have been advocating for a workers’ compensation proposal that charges arbitrators with apportioning damages and compensating injured workers to the extent a work-related accident caused their injuries. For example, if an arbitrator determines 20% of an injury was caused by a work related incident and 80% was caused by other factors, the employer would be responsible for 20% of the award for damages. If an arbitrator determines that an injury was 80% attributed to a work injury, and 20% to other factors, the employer would be responsible for 80% of the damages award. More than half the states have adopted percentage-based or proportional causation systems.
The SBAC will look to collaborate with other stakeholders interested in bi-partisan workers compensation reform whether it is through this legislation or other policy proposals.
[100th GA Legislation: SB3091]