Tennessee workers’ compensation News

Tennessee County Official Vows to Carry Out Own Workers’ Comp Drug Test

An East Tennessee official who refuses to enforce a county drug-testing policy says he’ll implement his own. Hawkins County Property Assessor Jeff Thacker told the Kingsport Times-News that he still disagrees with the county policy, but doesn’t want it to …

Insurance Pros in Politics: Being an Agent Prepared Tennessee Sen. Ketron for Politics

Insurance was a great training ground for now State Sen. Bill Ketron, who has been a member of the Tennessee Senate since 2002 while also serving as president of his own independent agency founded by his late father. Ketron credits …

Tennessee Seminars to Review Workers’ Compensation Law Changes

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is holding a series of 14 seminars across the state to explain the Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013. The new law removes injured workers’ claims from state trial courts and instead …

Haslam Names Hudgens to Head Tennessee’s New Injured Workers’ Division

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Abbie Hudgens as the head of the state’s new Workers’ Compensation Division. Hudgens, who had already been focusing on injured workers issues within the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, began her six-year …

Tennessee Governor Signs Workers’ Compensation Bill

Tennessee’s workers’ compensation system is going to undergo its most significant changes in decades including the creation of a new administrative court system to handle workers’ compensation claims. Governor Bill Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday at the …

Tennessee House Approves Workers’ Comp Claims Panels Along Party Lines

After defeating several attempts by Democrats to dial back the proposal, the Tennessee House last Thursday approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s bill to change the way the state considers injured workers’ claims. The chamber voted 68-24, almost entirely along party …

Tennessee Senate Approves Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Change

Legislation that seeks to change the way injured workers’ claims are considered passed the Senate despite opponents who say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process. The measure, which is part of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s …

Tennessee Aims to Change How Workers’ Compensation Disputes Are Settled

Tennessee lawmakers have advanced a workers’ compensation reform bill that could change how injured workers’ claims disputes are handled. Governor Bill Haslam has been looking to reform the state’s workers compensation system for two years as part of his plan …

Jeb Bush: Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Reform a Minor Issue

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush briefly veered off topic at an education forum in Nashville this week, he inadvertently took aim at what’s expected to be among Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislative priorities this year. The Republicans were discussing …

Tennessee Court Rules on Workers’ Comp Statute of Limitations in Stress Case

A worker who witnessed the deaths of two co-workers but did not file a post-traumatic stress disorder claim until more than a year after the second death is still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled. …