WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LEGISLATIVE CHANGES
Public Chapter 289 (SB0200/HB0194) separates the Division of Workers’ Compensation from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, except for administrative matters only.
The Court of Workers Compensation was set up by the legislature under the above public chapter. This takes all Workers Compensation Claims occurring after July 1, 2014 at 12:01 am to this venue. Only claims occurring before this date can be heard in Circuit or Chancery Court. Governor Bill Haslem signed this bill which is a crowning achievement that streamlines Workers Compensation matters to the Court of Workers Compensation with quicker processing of issues. The Court of Workers Compensation takes the place of the Circuit and Chancery Court venue. Cases can be appealed to The Court of Workers Compensation Appeal Board and then to the Supreme Court Special Workers Compensation panel. In some instances cases the full Supreme Court of Tennessee may elect to hear a case.