Governor Bill Haslam has appointed Abbie Hudgens as director of the new Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Division. This will be a six-year term leading the Workers’ Compensation Division within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The press release from the State is available by clicking here.
The Tennessee legislature recently created a new workers’ compensation system. Governor Haslam has now signed that system into law. Rather than the courts, a new State agency managed by an individual appointed by the Governor will resolve disputed matters. New methods for calculating benefits and new treatment guidelines will be established. While organizational steps will start now, the system goes into full effect July 1, 2014.