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Presumption for 10 or More Sickened Workers Fails in Committee

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 333 | 0 | 2 min read

A bill that would have provided a presumption of eligibility for COVID-stricken essential workers — and for others if the workplace has enough sick employees — died one day after it was introduced in a special session of the Tennessee legislature. Senate Bill 8007, introduced by state Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, would have granted a rebuttable presumption of compensability for workers who fall ill from the coronavirus. The bill provided a threshold not seen in other presumption laws around the country: It would have applied only to those whose workplace had 1...

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