Tennessee Labor Laws – Wage and Hour
Tennessee has not established a minimum wage rate.
For more information on Tennessee’s minimum wage laws, visit our Tennessee Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Tennessee labor laws do not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Meals and Breaks
Tennessee labor laws require employers to provide a 30-minute rest period to employees who are scheduled to work six (6) consecutive hours, except in workplace environments where the nature of the business provides for ample opportunity to rest or take an appropriate break. Tennessee Code 50-2-103 (h); TN Dept. of Labor FAQs. Employers are not required by state law to provide any other breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, non-meal breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
Information about Tennessee vacation leave laws may now be found on our Tennessee Leave Laws page.
Information about Tennessee sick leave laws may now be found on our Tennessee Leave Laws page.
Information about Tennessee holiday leave laws may now be found on our Tennessee Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Tennessee jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Tennessee Leave Laws page.
Information about Tennessee voting leave laws may now be found on our Tennessee Leave Laws page.
Tennessee labor laws does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. TN Dept. of Labor FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.