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Employee Communications: Tennessee

Employee Communications requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: James L. Holt, Jr., Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt


  • Tennessee employers are required to post information about various state employment laws. See Postings Required by Tennessee Law.
  • Tennessee employers are required to include in their employee handbook the provisions of the Tennessee Maternity Leave Law. See Maternity Leave Law.
  • Under the Tennessee Human Rights Act, employers may require employees to speak only in English at certain times if the employer has a legitimate business necessity for such a policy. See English-Only Workplace Policy.
  • In certain circumstances, Tennessee employers must provide layoff notices. See Plant Closings.
  • Tennessee law provides employers qualified immunity for the disclosure of truthful, fair and unbiased information about employees. See Defamation.
  • Tennessee law protects whistleblowers and others who have engaged in protected activities. See Whistleblowing and Anti-Retaliation Protections.
  • Tennessee law protects an employer's trade secrets. See Trade Secrets.
  • With certain exceptions, Tennessee law makes unlawful and void any contract that is either intended to or tends to lessen competition. See Noncompetition Covenants.
  • Tennessee is a one party consent state. See Employee Use of Communications Systems.
  • Tennessee law prohibits texting while driving. See Use of Mobile Devices.