RANDSTAD NORTH AMERICA, L.P. v. TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (Tenn. Ct. App. November 2, 2011)
This appeal involves the constitutionality of a statute on temporary disability benefits, T.C.A. section 50-6-238. The plaintiff employment agency refused to pay temporary disability benefits to an employee who claimed that she was disabled from an on-the-job injury.
The employee filed a request for assistance with the defendant Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development pursuant to T.C.A. section 50-6-238. A workers' compensation specialist entered an order requiring the employer to pay temporary disability benefits to the employee.
The employer filed an unsuccessful administrative appeal. The employer then filed the instant petition for common law writ of certiorari alleging, inter alia, that the procedures in T.C.A. section 50-6-238 violate the employer's right to procedural due process. The trial court agreed and held the statute to be unconstitutional on its face. The State appeals. In light of this Court's recent decision in Tyson Foods v. TDOL, No. M2010-0227-COA-R3-CV, 2011 WL 4790980 (Tenn. Ct. App. Oct. 10, 2011), we reverse the decision of the trial court.
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