Tennessee Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Tennessee Layoff: What you need to know

Tennessee state agencies assist in enforcing the requirements of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act).
The WARN Act imposes restrictions on the way layoffs are handled. It is designed to give employees advance notice of a layoff in order to find another job or to seek retraining in a new occupation and to give the state adequate preparation to assist the affected workers.
There is a comprehensive discussion of the WARN Act available.
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Every Tennessee employer with between 50 and 99 full-time employees must notify affected employees and the state government when there is a reduction in operations. A “reduction in operations” means a reduction in the number of workers by 50 or more during any 3-month period for one of the following reasons:
• Closing a workplace or portion of operations in the workplace;
• Modernization of a workplace or a portion of a workplace;
• Relocation of a workplace or portion of operations to another site more than 50 miles from the workplace; or
• Implementation or application of any management policy within a workplace (TN Code Sec. 50-1-601 et seq.).
After informing affected employees of the reduction in operations, the employer must notify by phone the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development of the circumstances surrounding the change and the number of employees to be laid off.
The commissioner must immediately inform the commissioners of economic and community development, education, health, human services, and mental health and substance abuse services, as well as the state board of education and the chancellor of the board of regents of the state university and community college ...

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