$4.8 million worker's comp bill looms over restaurant owners

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Restaurant owners across the state may have to pay thousands each to shore up a workers' compensation fund that the state says was mismanaged.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance is suing Ronnie Hart, the president and chief executive of the Tennessee Restaurant Association. Among other things, the suit claims Hart received excessive fees for running the group's workers' compensation fund.

The state liquidated the fund two years ago and is asking about 500 restaurant owners to come up with a $4.8 million shortfall to pay injured workers.

The owners have asked to delay a hearing scheduled for next week to determine whether they will have to pay.


Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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