Worker’s Comp Law Applies to Temporary Employees

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled yesterday that an employee of a temporary agency who is injured on the job, but not returned to work by the agency at a wage equal to or greater than the pre-injury wage, may obtain workers' compensation benefits up to six times the medical impairment rating. In Timmy Dale v. Dyer’s Employment Agency, the court found that the statutory language does not distinguish between permanent and temporary employees, therefore because the employer did not return the employee to work, offer him an opportunity to work, or terminate him for misconduct, benefits apply.