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Workers’ Compensation Notice Changes

On April 28, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation (S.B. 2582) amending the state’s workers’ compensation law. The law decreases the time period in which an employee must give notice of a work-related accident from 30 days after the accident to 15 days after the accident. The law also changes the notice requirement from 30 to 15 days in the present law provisions governing cases where the injuries occur as the result of gradual or cumulative events or trauma, in which cases the notice has to be given after the employee knows or reasonably should know that he or she has suffered a work-related injury that has resulted in permanent physical impairment, or is rendered unable to continue to perform his or her normal work activities as a result of the work-related injury and the employee knows or reasonably should know that the injury was caused by work-related activities.

The law goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

Read TN S.B. 2582