Knowledgebase-Workers' Compensation Change


Information Product

Title:Workers' Compensation Change
Summary:Eighteen cities were asked questions about compensating employees on Workers' Compensation with 66-2/3% of their salary, rather than 100% of their salary.
Original Author:Stokes, Richard
Co-Author:
Product Create Date:08/01/2014
Last Reviewed on::05/11/2017
Subject:Personnel--Compensation; Personnel--Surveys
Type:Survey
Original Document: Survey Results - Worker Compensation Change.pdfSurvey Results - Worker Compensation Change.pdf

Reference Documents:

Text of Document: Workers' Compensation Change
1. Do you compensate employees off on Worker’s Compensation with the 662/3 of their salary as specified by law?

City
Yes/No
Elizabethton
yes
Munford
yes
Clarksville
See comments
Mt. Juliet
No
Metro Nashville Housing Authority
yes
Columbia
yes
Maryville
Yes
Crossville
Yes
Covington
Yes
Cookeville
Yes
Chattanooga
Yes
Farragut
Yes
McMinnville
Yes
Lawrenceburg
Yes
Athens
Yes
Franklin
Yes
Spring Field
Yes
Oak Ridge
no


2. If yes, has your organization ever paid employees 100% of their salary while off on worker’s
compensation?

City
Yes/No
Elizabethton
no
Munford
yes
Clarksville
See comments
Mt. Juliet
Yes
Metro Nashville Housing Authority
yes
Columbia
No
Maryville
No
Crossville
Yes
Covington
Yes
Cookeville
Yes
Chattanooga
No
Farragut
No
McMinnville
Yes
Lawrenceburg
No
Athens
No
Franklin
Yes
Spring Field
Yes
Oak Ridge
Yes


3. When you made your change from 100% to 662/3%, how did you approach your city council?

City
Comment
Clarksville
The City does not participate in any Workers Compensation program as we are self-insured under our On the Job Injury Program. So while we do not do the same as other cities for Workers Comp, we do offer 75% of the employee’s salary if the employee has medical documentation to remain off work for six months. After six months, the employee may use sick time or if there is no more accrued sick time, the employee may solicit donated sick hours from other city employees.
The City stops paying for OJI injuries after 1 year from the date of injury. After that, if the employee is unable to return to full duty, the employee may be separated from employment with the City and be eligible for long term disability that pays for 60% of his or her full time salary for eight years.
Mt. Juliet
We still pay the employee for the first 90 day's and they sign over their Comp income to payroll. After ninety day's they receive the W/C check at 66 2/3%.
Metro Nashville Housing Authority
N/A
Columbia
N/A
Crossville
We didn’t have to go through Council. We never pay 100% in addition to WC. We do pay sick leave up to their gross bi-weekly income to cover their insurance deductions, etc…
Cookeville
Still pay 100% up to 90 days
Chattanooga
Don’t know
Farragut
N/A
McMinnville
We’re looking to change ours this fall
Lawrenceburg
I was not here and do not know how that was accomplished.
Franklin
We pay the employee 100% of their salary for the first seven workdays after injury. The date of injury is paid with a regular pay code. We actually reduced that number from 20 workdays to 7. We found that some employees were taking advantage of the system. We approached the Board of Mayor and Alderman stating that we were reducing the benefit but that it was still above the minimum requirements of the TN WC guidelines.
Springfield
It was a long time ago, and we updated our safety manual at the same time. The pay change was included in all the updates. I believe our claims decreased quite a bit, but that was at least 20 years ago.
Oak Ridge
The City of Oak Ridge has always paid 100% from day one for injured employees. Any amount that is received on their behalf from the workers compensation carrier is then signed over to the City. We provide full salary for the first 12 weeks upon having acceptable medical justification. Additional “injury leave” may be granted by the City Manager in certain situations.


4. Was there a decrease in the number of worker’s compensation claims as a result?

City
Yes/No
Munford
no
Metro Nashville Housing Authority
No
Crossville
yes
Chattanooga
No
Lawrenceburg
No
Franklin
No
Springfield
Yes

Contact Information:

City # of Employees Contact Person Contact Number
Elizabethton 300 Angie Lyon 423.547.6248
Munford 108 Mary Pinner 901.837.5969
Mt. Juliet 145 Janet Southards 615.754.2552
MDHA 291 Steve Adams 615.252.8551
Columbia 400 Bill Hendry 931.560.1567
Maryville 304 Teresa Best 865.273.3428
Crossville 170 Sandra Gruber 931.456.5681
Covington 135 Tiny Barton 901.476.9613
Cookeville 420 Gail Fowler 931.520.5256
Chattanooga 2000 Jenny Lowry 423.643.6441
Farragut 50 Janet Curry 865.966.7057
McMinnville 216 total Jennifer Rigsby 931.473.1209
Lawrenceburg 129 Doug Edwards 931.762.4459
Athens 109 Rita Brown 423.744.2703
Franklin 673 Shirley Harmon 615.791.3277
Springfield 250 Gina Holt 615.382.2200
Oak Ridge 369 Penny Sissom 865.482.8465


Thanks for taking the time to respond to this survey. Please save this document and return to Richard Stokes @ richard.stokes@tennessee.edu or print the completed form and fax to 615/532-4963.