Change to �_ 25-5-56 Passes Alabama Legislature and Awaits Governor's Approval
The Alabama Legislature recently passed HB-107, which would amend § 25-5-56 of The Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. HB-107 was introduced by District 55 Representative Rod Scott (D) on January 14, 2014. The legislature passed the bill in March, and it has been sent to Governor Bentley for his signature. Under current law, if an employee dies as the result of an accident occurring in and arising out of his employment, the employer must pay burial expenses up to a maximum of $3,000.00. If Governor Bentley signs HB-107, the maximum burial expense would be increased to $6,500.00.
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This article was written by Charley M. Drummond, Esq. of Fish Nelson, LLC. Fish Nelson is a law firm located in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated to representing employers, self-insured employers, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation cases and related liability matters. Drummond and his firm are members of The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). The NWCDN is a national and Canadian network of reputable law firms organized to provide employers and insurers access to the highest quality representation in workers’ compensation and related employer liability fields. If you have questions about this article or Alabama workers’ compensation issues in general, please feel free to contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 332-3414.