HB 192

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Workers' compensation, law enforcement officer or firefighter, killed in line of duty, surviving spouse to keep benefits after remarriage, dependent child benefits extended until age of majoirity, Secs. 25-5-60, 25-5-66, 25-5-68, 25-5-69 am'd.
Description

To amend Sections 25-5-60, 25-5-66, 25-5-68, and 25-5-69, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to workers' compensation; to provide that the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty shall continue to receive workers' compensation benefits after remarriage; and to provide that a surviving dependent child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty shall continue to receive workers' compensation benefits until he or she reaches the age of majority.

Subjects
Workers' Compensation
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To amend Sections 25-5-60, 25-5-66, 25-5-68, and 25-5-69, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to workers' compensation; to provide that the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty shall continue to receive workers' compensation benefits after remarriage; and to provide that a surviving dependent child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty shall continue to receive workers' compensation benefits until he or she reaches the age of majority.

Section 1

Sections 25-5-60, 25-5-66, 25-5-68, and 25-5-69, Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

§25-5-60.

In death cases, where the death results proximately from the accident within three years, compensation payable to dependents shall be computed on the following basis and shall be paid to the persons entitled thereto without administration, or to a guardian or other person as the court may direct, for the use and benefit of the person entitled thereto.

(1) PERSONS ENTITLED TO BENEFITS; AMOUNT OF BENEFITS.

a. If the deceased employee leaves one dependent, there shall be paid to the dependent 50 percent of the average weekly earnings of the deceased.

b. If the deceased employee leaves two or more dependents, there shall be paid to the dependents 66 2/3 percent of the average weekly earnings of the deceased.

c. If one of two or more dependents is a widow or widower, the compensation may be paid to the widow or widower for the benefit of herself or himself and the dependent child or children. In its discretion and when it considers appropriate to do so, the court shall at any time have the power to determine, without the appointment of any guardian or guardians, what portion of the compensation shall be applied for the benefit of any child or children and may order the same paid to a guardian or custodian of the child or children.

d. Partial dependents shall be entitled to receive only that proportion of the benefits provided for total dependents which the average amount of the earnings regularly contributed by the deceased employee to the partial dependent, at and for a reasonable time immediately prior to the injury, bore to the total income of the dependent during the same time. If there is one dependent and one or more partial dependents and the dependent is not entitled to the maximum amount of compensation provided in Section 25-5-68, there shall be paid to the partial dependent or partial dependents that percentage of the benefit paid to a full dependent which the contribution of the decedent to the partial dependent's support bears to the total income of the partial dependent. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the compensation payable to the partial dependent or dependents shall not exceed the lesser of 16 2/3 percent of the decedent's average weekly wage or the difference between the compensation payable to the full dependent and the maximum weekly compensation benefit payable as provided in Section 25-5-68.

e. If Except as provided in subdivision (3), if compensation is being paid under this article to any dependent, the compensation shall cease upon the death or marriage of the dependent, unless otherwise provided in this article.

f. Upon the cessation of compensation to or for any dependent, for any cause, the compensation of the remaining dependents entitled to compensation shall, for the unexpired period during which their compensation is payable, be that which would have been payable to them had they been the only persons entitled to compensation at the time of death of the deceased employee.

g. If, however, the deceased employee at the time of his or her death has no dependents as herein defined, then within 60 days of his or her death, the employer shall pay a one-time lump sum payment of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) to the deceased worker's estate.

(2) MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM COMPENSATION AWARDS. The compensation payable in case of death to persons wholly dependent shall be subject to a maximum and minimum weekly compensation as stated in Section 25-5-68, but if at the time of injury the employee receives earnings of less than the minimum stated in Section 25-5-68, then the compensation shall be the full amount of such earnings per week. The compensation payable to partial dependents shall be subject to a maximum and minimum weekly compensation as stated in Section 25-5-68, but if the income loss of the partial dependents by the death is less than the minimum weekly compensation stated in Section 25-5-68, then the dependents shall receive the full amount of their income loss. This compensation shall be paid during dependency, not exceeding 500 weeks, except as provided in subsection (f) of Section 25-5-68. Payments shall be made at the intervals when the earnings were payable, as nearly as may be, unless the parties otherwise agree.

(3) If a dependent is the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed as a result of injuries received while engaged in the performance of his or her duties, the compensation does not cease upon remarriage.

§25-5-66.

(a) In case of the remarriage of a widow the surviving spouse of an employee who has another dependent, the unpaid balance of compensation, which would otherwise become due her, shall be paid to the dependent or may, on approval by the court, be paid to some suitable person designated by the court for the use and benefit of the dependent. Payment to that person shall discharge the employer from any further liability.

(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed as a result of injuries received while engaged in the performance of his or her duties.

§25-5-68.

(a) The compensation paid under this article shall be not less than, except as otherwise provided in this article, 27 1/2 percent of the average weekly wage of the state as determined by the secretary, rounded to the nearest dollar, pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and, in any event, no more than 100 percent of the average weekly wage. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the maximum compensation payable for permanent partial disability shall be no more than the lesser of $220.00 per week or 100 percent of the average weekly wage.

(b) For the purpose of this section, the average weekly wage of the state shall be determined by the secretary as follows: On or before June 1 of each year, the total wages reported on contribution reports to the unemployment compensation division of the department for the preceding calendar year shall be divided by the average monthly number of insured workers, which shall be determined by dividing the sum of the number of insured workers reported for each month of the preceding year by 12. The average annual wage thus obtained shall be divided by 52, and the average weekly wage thus determined rounded to the nearest cent. The average weekly wage as so determined shall be applicable for the 12-month period beginning July 1 following the June determination. If the determination shall not be made on or before June 1, the effective date of the average weekly wage when determined shall be the first day of the month next following 30 days after the determination is made.

(c) The maximum and minimum weekly benefit shall not be changed on any July 1 or as a result of any annual determination, unless the computation provided for in subsection (b) of this section results in an increase or decrease of two dollars ($2) or more in the amount of either the maximum or minimum benefit.

(d) In no event, except as provided for permanent total disability in subdivision (a)(4) of Section 25-5-57 or except for compensation benefits payable for permanent partial and temporary total disability in connection with a disability scheduled in subdivisions (1) and (3) of subsection (a) of Section 25-5-57 or except as provided in subsection (f), shall the total amount of compensation payable for an accident or an occupational disease exceed the product of 500 times the maximum weekly benefit applicable on the date of the accident.

(e) The minimum and maximum benefits that are in effect on the date of the accident which results in injury or death shall be applicable for the full period during which compensation is payable.

(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the compensation benefits payable to a surviving dependent child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed as a result of injuries received while engaged in the performance of his or her duties shall continue until the dependent child reaches the age of majority.

§25-5-69.

If Except when the dependent is the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed as a result of injuries received while engaged in the performance of his or her duties, if compensation is being paid under this article to any dependent, such compensation shall cease upon the death or marriage of such dependent. Where compensation is being paid under this chapter to any dependent, in no event shall such dependent receive more than the proportion which the amount received of the deceased employee's income during his or her life bears to the compensation provided under this article."

Section 2

(a) The compensation payable under Chapter 29A of Title 36, Code of Alabama 1975, to the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed as a result of injuries received while engaged in the performance of his or her duties shall continue upon remarriage. (b) The compensation payable under Chapter 29A of Title 36, Code of Alabama 1975, to a surviving dependent child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed as a result of injuries received while engaged in the performance of his or her duties shall continue until the minor reaches the age of majority.

Section 3

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

No articles found.
Action Date Chamber Action
March 27, 2018HForwarded to Governor on March 27, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. on March 27, 2018.
March 27, 2018HForwarded to Governor on March 27, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. on March 27, 2018.
March 27, 2018HAssigned Act No. 2018-523.
March 27, 2018HClerk of the House Certification
March 27, 2018HEnrolled
March 27, 2018SSignature Requested
March 27, 2018HPassed Second House
March 27, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 1191
March 27, 2018SThird Reading Passed
February 27, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 22, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Governmental Affairs
February 20, 2018HEngrossed
February 20, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 419
February 20, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 418
February 20, 2018HFridy Amendment Offered
February 20, 2018HThird Reading Passed
February 8, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 11, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on State Government
2018-03-27
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-02-20
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-02-20
Chamber: House
Result: Passed