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Tennessee Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Tennessee law requiring private employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit. It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Tennessee courts have held that policies published in employee handbooks may constitute implied contracts, which are binding and enforceable. Thus, employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, they should be changed, and employees should be notified of the changes.
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Paid sick leave is provided to employees scheduled to work 1,600 or more hours per fiscal year, at the rate of one day for each month of service, at the discretion of the head of the department or agency. Sick leave may be taken for illness or disability due to an accident of the employee or the employee's exposure to contagious disease, or illness or death of an employee's immediate family member. Employees taking sick leave may be required to present evidence to support the reason for which the sick leave was taken. This evidence may be affidavits, testimonials, or physicians' certificates. If a full-time employee has accumulated the maximum number of annual leave days, any additional earned days will be transferred annually to his or her sick leave credit.
Sick leave is cumulative for all earned days not used. Saturdays, Sundays, and official holidays falling within a leave period will not be charged as leave unless such days are considered as workdays for the employee in the employee's particular assignment. Part-time employees, ...

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