Tennessee Employment Law Updates – 2018

Tennessee Employment Law Updates – 2018

May
May 15 – Gov. Haslam signed a law prohibiting non-diclosure agreements related to sexual harassment
May 15, Governor Haslam signed House Bill 2613. This law prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign non-disclosure agreements related to sexual harassment in the workplace as a condition of employment.
The new law became effective when signed.
April
April 9 – Gov. Haslam signed a law establishing independent contractor requirements for marketplace contractors.

On April 9, 2018, Governor Haslam signed Senate Bill 1967. The law establishes the requirements for determining when a marketplace contractor is an independent contractor. A marketplace contractor is defined as an “individual, corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other business entity that:

  • enters into an agreement with a marketplace platform to use the platform’s online-enabled application, software, website, or system to receive connections to third-party individuals or entities seeking services in this state; and
  • in return for compensation from the third-party or marketplace platform, offers or provides services to the third-party individuals or entities upon being given an assignment or connection through the marketplace platform’s online-enabled application, software, website, or system;”
The new law becomes effective on July 1, 2018.
April 2 – Gov. Haslam signed a law regarding agricultural employers and workers’ compensation.
On April 2, 2018, Governor Haslam signed Senate Bill 2141. This law allows employers of farm or agricultural employees to purchase workers’ compensation policies and, then, when desired, cancel the policies and provide notice to their employees.
The new law became effective when signed.
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