Tennessee workers’ comp insurance experts

SFM is a leading workers’ compensation carrier in the Midwest. We are proud to be the largest insurer in our home state of Minnesota and a top 10 insurer in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. More than 30,000 employers choose SFM for their work comp coverage. We work with Tennessee independent agents and would love to partner with you.

Why choose SFM?

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Our customer retention rate is the best in the business with 96+% of our customers staying with us every single year!

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Workers’ compensation is complex, and it’s all we do. Our specialists know work comp inside and out and provide unmatched quality.

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With an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and AM Best rating of A- (Excellent) we offer top service and a solid financial foundation.

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We’re easy to work with and quick to respond. Customers work with dedicated staff who build solid relationships with policyholders.

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Our safety experts help keep your employees safe. Claim adjusters, doctors and nurses make sure they are in good hands if they get hurt.

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Work comp 101

As a business owner, you probably have a lot of questions about workers’ compensation. “Do I need a policy? What does it cover? How can I buy it?” Learn about workers’ comp in Tennessee from the Work Comp Experts.

What is workers' compensation insurance?

Workers’ compensation insurance protects businesses and their employees from the cost of workplace injuries. You may also hear it called “work comp” or “workman’s comp.”

Workers’ comp covers medical bills and lost wages when someone is injured at work. Benefits can also include payments to compensate for permanent disabilities and to dependents of workers who are killed in job-related incidents.

What does workers' compensation insurance cover?

Unlike other lines of insurance, workers’ compensation doesn’t offer different or optional levels of coverage for you to choose. When your policy is in place, it covers every work-related injury considered compensable by Tennessee state law.

Workers’ comp benefits are determined by state law and don’t vary from policy to policy within the state. They are designed to:

  • Replace wages lost when an employee is unable to work due to a work injury
  • Cover medical bills related to on-the-job injuries

Benefits can also include payments to compensate for permanent disabilities and to dependents of workers who are killed in job-related incidents.

How do I know if I need a workers' comp policy in Tennessee?

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development , in general, Tennessee law requires you to purchase workers’ compensation coverage if you have five or more employees. Construction business/trades and coal mining are required to provide coverage for as few as one employee. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • Sole proprietors, partners and members limited liability companies (LLCs) are not included in the count of employees
  • Corporate officers are included the count of employees unless they are not compensated
  • Family members are included in the count of employees if they meet the definition of an employee
  • State and local governments and those employing farm laborers or domestic help are exempt from providing coverage by law but can elect to provide coverage

See the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development for specifics on exemptions.

How much does it cost?

Your workers’ compensation premium is based on the type of work your business does, how dangerous your industry is, and the amount you pay your employees. Other factors affecting price include your business’ commitment to safety and history of work injuries. Basically, the safer you keep your workers, the less it costs you to insure them.

Workers’ comp policies are issued annually, with a required review or “audit” at the end of each year.

Sometimes accidental injuries are out of your control, but you’d be surprised how much control you do have. For example, slips and falls are very common causes of serious work injuries. Simply ensuring that your parking lot is shoveled and salted in the winter, and keeping your indoor work environment tidy could prevent one of these accidents.

Our top three tips for holding down your claim costs:

  1. Make workplace safety a high priority. Find many general and industry-specific resources to make your workplace safer in our resource catalog.
  2. Report claims right away. Our claims representatives are experts in making sure injured workers get the care they need to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.
  3. Provide light-duty work to injured employees who have medical restrictions rather than having them stay off work until they can return to their regular jobs.

Learn more about keeping workers’ compensation costs low.

How do I buy workers’ comp insurance in Tennessee?

You have a couple of options for purchasing a workers’ compensation policy in Tennessee. Since Tennessee has a voluntary market, you can purchase workers’ comp insurance from any independent insurance agent or insurance carrier that is licensed to provide coverage in Tennessee (like SFM).

To get your workers’ comp coverage directly through SFM, request a quote on our website or call us at (844) 828-3801.

If you choose to work with an independent insurance agent but don’t already have a relationship with one, use our tool to find an agent in your area.

Where can I get more information on workers’ compensation in Tennessee?

Since workers’ comp coverage is mandated by the state, the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is your go-to source of information. You can also call them at (844) 224-5818.

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers workplace safety resources .

Ready to get started?

We’d love to add you to the growing list of Tennessee employers who trust us for their workers’ compensation coverage.