COVID-19 Legal Update: Tennessee

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Workers' Compensation Administrative board/ commission

Bureau of Workers' Compensation


How does the state define an occupational disease?

50-6-301 occupational diseases means all diseases arising out of and in the course of employment. A disease shall be deemed to arise out of the employment only if:
(1) It can be determined to have followed as a natural incident of the work as a result of the exposure occasioned by the nature of the employment;
(2) It can be fairly traced to the employment as a proximate cause;
(3) It has not originated from a hazard to which workers would have been equally exposed outside of the employment;
(4) It is incidental to the character of the employment and not independent of the relation of employer and employee;
(5) It originated from a risk connected with the employment and flowed from that source as a natural consequence, though it need not have been foreseen or expected prior to its contraction; and
(6) There is a direct causal connection between the conditions under which the work is performed and the occupational disease. Diseases of the heart, lung, and hypertension arising out of and in the course of any type of employment shall be deemed to be occupational diseases.


COVid-19 Specific Laws, agency declarations/ press releases, or enacted regulation?

BWC Announcement on Telephonic Hearings
     March 19, 2020

Commissioner's COVID-19 Guidance to Carriers 
     March 24, 2020

Gov. Lee Issues Guidance on Return-to-Work
     April 24, 2020

Executive Order on Re-opening Restaurants 
     April 24, 2020

Executive Order Suspending Certain Statutes and Rules to Facilitate the Treatment and Containment of COVID-19
     May 1, 2020

Executive Order Expanding the Number of Tenneeseans Who Can RTW
     May 22, 2020

Launch Tennessee - Resource for Businesses on COVID-19 Updates & Resources


Court Closures & Modified Call

BWC Operations Update


Is the administrative court system closed or open?



Does this state have a shelter-in-place in order?

No - order was 3/31/20 to 4/30/20; phased re-opening began 5/1/20.





Last Updated: 2/1/2021