Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is now being asked to sign a bill that would bring to the state a mandated 20-point test to gauge whether a person is employed by a company or is a contractor, to help determine whether a worker is entitled to workers compensation.
H.B. 539, introduced by Rep. Dan Howell, R-Georgetown, passed the House on Thursday and the Senate on Monday.
The bill would introduce employers and the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development to the Internal Revenue Service’s 20-factor test “to determine whether an employer-employee relationship exists for purposes of the state's wage and hour laws, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972, the Tennessee Employment Security Law, and the drug-free workplace laws, and making determinations of whether a person is an independent contractor or an employee under the Workers' Compensation Law,” a summary of the bill states.
The test includes such questions regarding hours worked, training, integration into the company’s business operation, level of investment of the worker’s resources, and the right to discharge a worker.
Proponents say the bill aims to cut back on frivolous claims in workers compensation, according to media reports.