What You Need To Know

Discover your rights and protections regarding wages, overtime, and employee classification. If you've faced unpaid overtime or workplace violations, contact Josephson Dunlap for expert representation and guidance.

Unravel the complexities of labor regulations and ensure fair treatment in your workplace.


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Tennessee Minimum Wage Laws

Tennessee does not have a state-specific minimum wage law and thus adheres to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Employers in Tennessee must comply with this federal standard to meet the legal requirements for employee wages.


Meal & Rest Breaks

Tennessee requires employers to provide a 30-minute meal break to employees scheduled to work six consecutive hours or more. This break is not required if the nature of the work provides for ample opportunity to rest or take an appropriate meal break.

2 Years

Filing Claims

In Tennessee, there is no specific state statute for filing claims for unpaid overtime wages; thus, the federal statute of limitations of two years applies, or three years for willful violations. This aligns with federal guidelines and emphasizes the importance of timely filing.


Tennessee Overtime Pay Laws

Tennessee follows the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines, requiring employers to pay overtime at one and a half times the employee’s regular rate for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. Employers must ensure compliance with these regulations to provide fair compensation.

Seasonal Workers

Protections for workers

Unique to Tennessee, the state law exempts seasonal amusement or recreational establishments from federal overtime pay requirements if they operate no more than seven months a year or earn the majority of their revenue within six months. This affects various seasonal businesses and tourism-dependent industries in the state.