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Separation From Employment: Tennessee

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

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

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • When cause is required for terminating an employee, Tennessee courts require that the motivation for termination derive from a specific source. See Termination for Cause.
  • In Tennessee, a departing employee must be paid final wages by the later of the next regular payday or 21 days following the termination. See Termination Pay.
  • Tennessee restricts employers from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates or taking adverse action against employees who refuse to receive a vaccine. See COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates.