Labor Standards Unit
The Labor Standards Unit enforces six (6) labor laws - Child Labor Act, Wage Regulations Act, Prevailing Wage Act, Illegal Alien Act, Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (TLEA), and the Non-Smoker Protection Act (NSPA):
|What We Do|
|●||State inspectors conduct on-site inspections to verify that businesses follow child-labor laws, non-smoker laws, and whether workers are lawfully authorized to work.|
|●||The unit also investigates wage complaints from workers who allege they were not paid correctly by their employers.|
|●||Allegations of unlawful hiring practices related to illegal aliens are investigated and then referred to the appropriate federal agency if there is a violation.|
|●||Prevailing wages are set annually for workers involved in federal and state funded highway projects to guarantee that there is an approved minimum wage paid by construction companies for certain crafts.|
News and Announcements
New Changes in Effect Beginning January 1, 2017
Amendments to the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act should be reviewed as they are effective January 1, 2017. Additional information is available for your convenience.
Employers may legally hire, fire, suspend or discipline any employee at any time and for any reason - good or bad - or for no reason at all; however, an employer may not discriminate against any employee on the basis of the employee's race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, or disability.
Certain issues are not regulated by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In instances where the department does not have jurisdiction, referrals are commonly made to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Tennessee Human Rights Commission, or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Did you know we offer Labor Standards training classes? The Labor Standards Unit offers training classes to employers and members of management who are interested in learning about Tennessee’s labor laws. This is an excellent way for employers to gain knowledge on becoming (or continuing to be) compliant with the acts covered by the Labor Standards Unit, as well as become educated on ways to avoid costly penalties. Classes typically take about an hour to complete, and we offer in person and virtual classes to meet the needs of employers. If you would like to sign up for a class for your management team, please let us know!
Labor Standards Unit