Wednesday, July 23, 2014 · 3:24 a.m.
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State leaders have organized seminars across the state, including in Chattanooga and Cleveland, to educate business owners and human resources professionals about recent workers' compensation changes. 

The seminars will be held for people who work with compensation claims to help them understand recent legislative changes to the workers' compensation law. 

Abbie Hudgens, newly named administrator of the new Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation, will be conducting the seminars, along with department staff. 

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry has partnered with the Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation to put on the seminars, according to a news release. 

The state chamber's leaders also worked with the business community to implement workers’ compensation reforms to address serious concerns.

The new workers’ compensation law contains a number of significant changes, including a contested hearing from local courts by creating a new workers' comp administrative system.

This will allow claims to be heard through an independent body in the Division of Workers’ Compensation, according to a news release. 

Anyone who wants to register can visit www.tnchamber.org, email register@tnchamber.org or call 615-256-5141.

The cost is $59 per person.

Local seminars

—The Chattanooga seminar is scheduled for Aug. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, 811 Broad St., Suite 100. 

—The seminar in Cleveland will also be Aug. 7. It will be at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Village Green Town Center.

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