WORKERS' COMP CHANGES EXPLAINED IN STATEWIDE WORKSHOPS
Benefit Review Conference Mandatory Beginning In January
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is teaming with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry to offer employers workshops across the state to explain the provisions of the Workers' Compensation reforms, specifically the requirement that the Benefit Review Conference (BRC) procedure be exhausted before a lawsuit can be filed. The workshops, titled Mandatory BRCs & More, are one-day events to take place in October at four locations across the state.
"The reform law has many facets that need to be understood," said Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley. "Especially important is the handling of a claim to avoid the new penalties imposed for untimely payment of temporary disability benefits. The penalties have been increased substantially and will be enforced. Also, in an attempt to control rising medical costs, the legislation requires us to establish a fee schedule for all medical services provided for by the Workers' Compensation Law."
The workshops will feature updates on many aspects of the law that take
effect this year and in 2005, including medical fee schedules, new penalties
for untimely payments of benefits, and medical care issues.
To register for the workshop on Tennessee's Workers' Compensation Law, call Suzie Lusk with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry at (615) 256-5141 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; you may also print a brochure with registration form at www.tnchamber.org by selecting Benefit Review Conference Workshop under the calendar heading. The workshop fee is $199 for Chamber members and $245 for non-members.
The following are dates and locations for the Benefit Review Conference
ANDREW JOHNSON TOWER, 8TH FLOOR