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

New Law Addresses Marketplace Contractors and Platforms

By Judge Joshua Davis Baker, Nashville The General Assembly recently passed SB1967/HB1978 concerning “marketplace platforms,” which the law defines as a business offering “an online-enabled application, software, website or system that enables the provision of services by marketplace contractors to third-party individuals or entities seeking services.” A marketplace platform provides a forum for third parties to … Continue reading New Law Addresses Marketplace Contractors and Platforms

TNComp Goes Live!

The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) now uses an innovative new system that allows attorneys and self-represented litigants to file documents without printing copies or traveling to BWC offices across the state. The new TNComp electronic filing system allows all parties to file contested case pleadings in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Since BWC … Continue reading TNComp Goes Live!

Tennessee Comp Reforms Receive High Marks

We're proud that people are noticing the Bureau's hard work generally and the Court's in particular. We promise to continue to provide a fair, efficient and professional court system to employees and employers that will promote economic prosperity for all Tennesseans.

Bureau Redoubles Compliance Efforts, Names New Director

Tennessee employers, you’re warned: Comply with the Workers’ Compensation Law, or be prepared to face serious consequences. The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is making changes to its Compliance Program. The Bureau’s efforts include appointing new leadership, pursuing new initiatives and hiring additional staff to achieve its goals. As of Oct. 1, Amanda Terry now … Continue reading Bureau Redoubles Compliance Efforts, Names New Director

Bureau Announces New Resource for Self-Represented Litigants

Merriam Webster online defines an attorney as one whose profession is “to advise as to legal rights and obligations,” while an ombudsman is one who “investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints.” Combine the two, and you’ve got the Bureau’s new Ombudsman Attorney Program, a resource separate from the Court of Workers' Compensation Claims for … Continue reading Bureau Announces New Resource for Self-Represented Litigants

Presiding Judge Davidson Pens Law Review Article

The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, a publication of the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Ark., recently published Appeals Board Presiding Judge Marshall Davidson's scholarly article entitled Attracting Undue Scrutiny on Appeal: An Appellate Judge's Perspective. The article offers suggestions for trial judges on ways to avoid drawing attention to areas within … Continue reading Presiding Judge Davidson Pens Law Review Article

Meet Deana Seymour

Soon-to-be-Judge Deana Seymour’s mantra is short and simple: Try. Seymour will join the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims, sitting in Memphis, after her April 5, 2016 swearing-in. She is a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell, PLC in Jackson, where she concentrates in workers’ compensation and tort litigation. Seymour’s first entry into the world … Continue reading Meet Deana Seymour