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The Tennessee Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation unanimously decided not to recommend a bill that would allow employers to opt out of the workers’ comp system. The advisory council voted 6-0 against recommending the Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative, H.B. 997 and S.B. 721 in the House and Senate, respectively. The bill would allow employers to provide benefits at levels below that of the state system, sparking concern from stakeholders. Despite an amendment addressing the permanent partial and permanent total disability benefits, council members were not convinced. The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee is expected to vote on the bill on Monday.

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