Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Notice Changes NOT Mandatory

Although Tennessee revised its Workers’ Compensation notice, the revision does not require employers to replace the existing posting.

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Several labor law posting vendors are claiming that recent changes to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Notice require Tennessee employers to replace their existing notice. However, the GovDocs Research Department verified directly with the Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation (the issuing agency) that the changes do not require replacement of existing postings.

To be clear: the posting itself is still required for the following employers to display, but the new revisions are not considered mandatory:

  • Employers with more than four full-time or part-time workers.
  • All employers engaged in the mining and production of coal.
  • Workers in the construction industry.

Tennessee workplaces can choose to replace the postings to “err on the side of caution”, but GovDocs finds that many large employers want to reduce unnecessary spending on labor law posting compliance and to minimize confusion for location managers.

Because GovDocs serves North America’s largest employers with ongoing labor law posting compliance, our Research Department delivers follow-up and verification to a level our clients expect of a professional outsourced posting compliance provider.

What changed on the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Notice?

  • Requirements for the panel of physicians has been updated to require only three physicians for back injuries (instead of four), in line with requirements for other injuries.
  • Inclusion of a chiropractor as part of the three physicians back injuries is optional, in line with requirements for other injuries.
  • Directs claimants to include names of physicians on state Form C-42: Agreement Between Employer/Employee Choice of Physician

Posting Changes: Mandatory Versus Non-Mandatory

When a change is considered mandatory, employers should replace earlier versions of the posting.

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If you’d like to learn more about the difference between mandatory and non-mandatory changes, please check our series What’s the Difference Between Mandatory and Non-Mandatory Changes?

Some vendors who rely on one-time poster purchases may claim that changes are mandatory even when they’re not – without verifying if the issuing agency considers the changes as critical enough for employers to replace their postings.

Moral of the story: Why overspend on labor law posting compliance?

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