MOST Unveils New Process for Possible Rule and Law Violations

By Brian Holmes, Director, Mediation and Ombudsman Services of Tennessee Being a workers’ compensation mediator is an extremely rewarding job. Mediators help employers, employees, and insurers resolve disputes that impact lives, businesses and careers. Mediators also confront a number of challenges. Of them, the most difficult might be balancing statutory roles while building cooperative, trusting … Continue reading MOST Unveils New Process for Possible Rule and Law Violations

Who’s Who: Court Clerk Edition

By Olivia Yearwood, Clerk of Court, Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Nashville If you’re navigating the court process through the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, you're most likely interacting with Penny Shrum, clerk for the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, or me, Olivia Yearwood, clerk for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. The rules governing the Court … Continue reading Who’s Who: Court Clerk Edition

The History of the Judicial Code of Ethics

By Hon. David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge, Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims, Pensacola Blog administrator’s note: All judges of the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims are active members of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, and all have benefitted from attending the association’s educational programming at one time or another. This … Continue reading The History of the Judicial Code of Ethics

How are we Doing?

By Chris Acuff, statistical research analyst As part of the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims’ ongoing efforts to assess the hearing and settlement process, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will be distributing a brief online questionnaire that attorneys and self-represented parties should receive within the next few days. This survey is similar to the … Continue reading How are we Doing?

Guest Blogger: An Intro to Occupational Diseases

As the title explains, below is a guest submission. It is meant to inform and offer her interpretation of the law. By Allison Lowry At this year’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, the Bureau celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the enactment of workers’ compensation laws in Tennessee. Among the numerous topics featured at the … Continue reading Guest Blogger: An Intro to Occupational Diseases

The Survey Says… (Again)

By Chris Acuff, Statistical Research Analyst As part of the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims’ ongoing efforts to assess the hearing and settlement process, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation distributed a brief questionnaire that attorneys and self-represented parties should have received within the last two weeks. This survey is similar to the one that … Continue reading The Survey Says… (Again)

Taking the next step after benefits end

By Brian Holmes, Director, Mediation and Ombudsman Services of Tennessee, Nashville The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recently launched the Next Step Program. This new program assists injured workers who are unable to return to their pre-injury employment. Many receive their workers’ compensation benefits and are unsure how they will support their families in the future. … Continue reading Taking the next step after benefits end

Assisting Injured Employees who Work for the Uninsured, part two

By Attorney Richard Murrell Last week, Judge Robert Durham offered an overview of the Uninsured Employers Fund (UEF) provision within the Workers’ Compensation Law. As Judge Durham noted, an injured employee of an uninsured employer faces significant barriers to recovery and return to work. Even if the employer is solvent, very few have the cash … Continue reading Assisting Injured Employees who Work for the Uninsured, part two