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Tennessee Senate Prepares Workers’ Compensation Bill

The Tennessee Senate has prepared a workers’ compensation bill for the next legislative session that would make significant changes in workers’ compensation for Tennessee businesses and employees if passed. The bill offers employers the opportunity to opt-out of carrying workers’ compensation from a private insurer or the state-run Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Insurance Plan. In lieu of a private insurer, employers would have the option of becoming self-insured, providing a benefit plan for occupational injuries. The bill has been revised from an earlier version to increase benefits to injured employees, but some are still cautious about the potential damage it could do to employees. One lawmaker argued that while the cost-reduction benefits would be good for employers, workers who are injured may not get the care they will need. The bill’s sponsor, however, argues that employers will have an incentive to cover as much of their employer’s costs as possible, because…
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