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The original new hire reporting program was started in Tennessee in the late 1990s. as it was with most of the other states that we have looked at in this blog. But more recently than that, the state of Tennessee has actually made some changes to their new hire reporting labor law that we should look out. So strap on your seatbelts! We’re taking a road trip to the state of Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole’ Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Heeee Hawwwwww!
The new change to the Tennessee labor law on new hire reporting came about at the turn of this century. Law makers made effective July 18, 2001, a new requirement that makes the date of hire a required bit of info that must be included with the new hire report for every employee. Previously—and it is still the case in many other states—the date of hire of a new employee is just optional when it comes to sending in data.
The new Tennessee law also makes it so that employers have to register one time in order to submit new hire data on the Web. The registration also allows them to upload information from the state system.
The other benefits of registering and submitting new hire reports online in the state of Tennessee include that you don’t have to repeatedly submit your employer info. When you submit the old fashioned way, you would have to provide your company name, company address, and company employer federal ID number. Not in the Tennessee online reporting system. That info comes up automatically when you sign in to the system.
You can also go online and change your employer information any time, if say, you move your company headquarters or change the company name. After that one change, the new company info is stored in the system.
I was recently researching updates to states’ poster posting laws when I came across a recent update in Tennessee. The Tennessee government revised the Workers’ Compensation posting as of September 2005. It is mandatory that all employers post the latest poster so that employees are made aware of the current laws and regulations.
When it comes to workers’ compensation, it is mandatory that employers that have over 4 employees have workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurance ensures that if an employee becomes disabled or injured on the job, that the employer will still be able to pay benefits.
If an employ suffers injury or occupational disease that is covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act, then the employee shall be entitled to vocational rehabilitation services, including retraining and job placement. If the employee is injured in a way that makes it impossible for him or her to return to the job that he or she left, then the employer must pay for that retraining and physical therapy, if needed.
There are a variety of disabilities that workers can claim if they are injured on the job. Some disabilities are long-term and permanent while others are temporary. Additionally, an employer is responsible if an employee has permanent disfigurement. When an employer is “responsible” for an employee, it means that the employer must assure that his workers’ compensation insurance covers the cost of the employee’s medical bills, including physical therapy and retraining.
Many employees that have to receive workers’ compensation benefits are also eligible for disability. If so, then your employee could spend many, many weeks out of the office. Under the terms of the law, you must make a due diligent effort to reaccept and reappoint that employee to his previous position or to a comparable one when he or she returns to work. In the meantime, you may fill the empty position as long as you can bring the injured employee back in a suitable spot.