Tennessee Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & HR compliance analysis

Tennessee Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
However, Tennessee does not have such a law.
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Tennessee's Family Leave Act provides that all employers, both public and private, with 100 or more full-time employees at one jobsite must allow up to 4 months' maternity leave for pregnancy, childbirth, adoptions, and nursing.
The law applies to both male and female employees.
To qualify, an employee must have been employed for at least 12 consecutive months as a full-time employee. Leave may be with or without pay, at the discretion of the employer.
For in-depth guidance on leave and other employment matters related to maternity and pregnancy:
Adoption leave—public employers. The Tennessee Public Employees' Adoption Leave Law provides that adoptive parents are entitled to special leave for a period of 30 working days.
For in-depth guidance on leave and other employment matters related to maternity and pregnancy:
Parent-teacher conferences. Tennessee's House Joint Resolution 56 is a resolution to encourage employers to allow their employees time off to attend parent-teacher conferences.
This resolution urges and encourages employers conducting business in Tennessee to excuse from work an employee with children in grades K–12 to attend parent-teacher conferences or to consult with the children’s teachers or other school personnel. Employees must give the employer 24 hours' notice of the necessity of such an ...

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