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 creates a special panel of judges appointed by the governor to hear claims and appeals. It also increases the number of weeks for disability benefits from 400 to 450.

The 14 seminars are being put on by the Workers’ Compensation Division, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.

The groups said the seminars are designed to educate employers about the the bill including ways to avoid workplace injuries and how to handle them if they occur.

They take place from July 25 starting in Jackson and Dyersburg through Aug. 29 in Morristown Specific dates, times and locations can be found on the department’s website at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd.