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Other Leaves: Tennessee

Other Leaves 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 law requires that employers with 100 or more full-time employees provide up to four months of leave for childbirth, adoption, pregnancy and nursing. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Tennessee law provides that employees are entitled to be absent to vote for a reasonable time, not to exceed three hours. See Voting Leave.
  • Tennessee employers must excuse an employee from work when the employee presents a summons to report to jury duty. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Tennessee law provides that private employers must allow employees to take an unpaid leave of absence for military service pursuant to orders. See Military Leave.
  • Unless it would disrupt the employer's operation, employers must provide employees with reasonable unpaid break time each day to express breast milk for the employee's infant child. See Leave to Express Breast Milk.
  • Employees who are members of a volunteer firefighter organization or rescue squad may take time off work to respond to emergencies. See Volunteer Firefighter, Volunteer Rescue Squad Leave.