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Tennessee Leave Laws


No federal or state law requires employers to provide paid or unpaid vacation time for their employees. However, if employers choose to offer a vacation leave, paid or unpaid, to their employees it must comply with applicable state law or employment contract. 

Jury Duty Leave

Employers with five or more employees must provide paid leave to eligible employees summoned to jury duty. Notice requirements apply. Leave is paid, although employers may deduct any payment employees receive for the jury service.

The following employees are entitled to jury duty leave:

  • Permanent employees;
  • Temporary employees who have been employed for at least six months.

Employers may not discharge an employee for taking jury duty leave.

Bereavement Leave

No federal or state law require an employer to provide the employee with paid or unpaid bereavement leave or with any time off to organize or attend a close family member’s funeral.

Voting Leave

Employees may be absent from work for a reasonable amount of time, up to three hours, to vote, unless the polls are open for at least three consecutive hours outside of the employee’s work hours. Employees must request leave to vote before noon on the day before the election. Leave is paid if it occurs during the employee’s normal working hours. Employers must provide unpaid leave for employees who are serving as part-time voting machine technicians.

Military Leave

Tennessee law provides employment protections for Tennessee National Guard members, in addition to Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

  • Employers are prohibited from terminating or refusing to hire an employee because of his or her membership in the Tennessee National Guard.
  • In addition, employers may not terminate a National Guard member because of absence from work while attending any prescribed drill, including annual field training.

    All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.