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Workers' Compensation: Tennessee

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nicole Farley, Fisher Phillips.

Summary

  • All Tennessee employers covered by Tennessee's Workers' Compensation Law are required to post the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Law Poster in the workplace. See Notice Requirements.
  • Most employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage in Tennessee, with few exceptions. See Covered Employers.
  • Nearly all employees are covered by workers' compensation insurance if they work for a covered employer. See Covered Employees.
  • Injuries and occupational diseases arising out of and in the course of employment are compensable under Tennessee law. See Compensable Injuries.
  • Injured employees are entitled to full medical benefits under workers' compensation. See Medical Benefits.
  • Workers' compensation provides partial compensation for lost wages due to injury as well as other benefits. See Other Benefits.
  • Employees who are injured on the job must report the injury within 30 days to their employer. See Claims Procedure.
  • Employers may not retaliate in any way against an employee who files a workers' compensation claim. See Retaliation and Interference.
  • Disputed claims can be appealed. See Disputes and Administrative Proceedings.