Significant changes have occurred in the Georgia workers' compensation law in 2007 through legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor, through the revision by the State Board of Workers' Compensation of its Rules & Regulations, and through decisions by the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia. This commentary was written by Richard C. Kissiah, who practices almost exclusively in the field of workers' compensation law and is the author of Kissiah's Georgia Workers' Compensation Law (LexisNexis Matthew Bender) as well as an author and lecturer on the subject of Georgia workers' compensation law for the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and the State Board of Workers' Compensation. Kissiah states that an employer who makes bi-weekly, instead of weekly, income benefits payments without approval by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation is liable for an assessment penalty for failing to make weekly payments, even if the bi-weekly payments are made prior to the due date of the weekly payments. He also states that an employee who is provided discounted meals by her employer is permitted to include the net value of that discount as income in the calculation of her average weekly wage.
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