TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Josie Beets on Mar 13, 2015

Qualified employers could avoid the traditional workers' compensation coverage under a bill set for the Senate Commerce Committee next Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, and Rep. Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin, SB721/HB997  would permit large self-funded employers to establish private ERISA-qualified workers compensation benefit plans as a substitute plan for workers compensation. The bill would limit medical expenses to 156 weeks and $300,000. Employees subject to the plan would not have the protection and oversight of the local courts or the Department of Labor, and would have to bring a lawsuit in federal court under ERISA. The TBA opposes this bill because of the extreme cut in benefits and because there is no advocacy on behalf of the injured workers. Use TBAImpact to reach out to your legislators today.