Mar. 16 2020

Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Commission Orders Suspension of Hearings and Mediations Until May 13, 2020

On March 14, 2020, Chief Justice Harold Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court issued an Order declaring a statewide judicial emergency due to the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect the health, safety and liberty of the citizens of this state and extending and granting relief from any deadlines or other time schedules or filing requirements imposed by otherwise applicable statutes, rules, regulations or court orders in civil or criminal cases or administrative matters.

On March 17, 2020, the Board issued an Order finding that certain deadline extensions in the Chief Justice’s Order were applicable to workers’ compensation claims for the period of the Chief Justice’s Order. The Chief Justice’s Order was set to expire on April 13, 2020.

On April 6, 2020, the Chief Justice issued an Order extending the statewide judicial emergency order to May 13, 2020, due to the continuing transmission of Coronavirus/COVID-19. Consistent with the Chief Justice’s Order, the Board hereby extends in its entirely its Order dated, March 17, 2020 to May 13, 2020.

A copy of the Order may be found here.

A copy of the original Order may be found here.

Questions? Contact one of MGC’s workers’ compensation attorneys.

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