Tennessee Apprenticeship Training laws & HR compliance analysis

Tennessee Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program that combines classroom instruction with work performance under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. Tennessee does not have its own state apprenticeship law; therefore, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship (OA) governs apprenticeship programs in the state, providing employers with technical assistance and information and monitoring apprenticeship programs. There is comprehensive information on the federal apprenticeship law (including what must be contained in an apprenticeship agreement).
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Under Tennessee law, it is unlawful for employers, labor organizations, or joint labor-management committees to discriminate in selection for and employment in apprenticeship programs because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, or national origin (TN Code Sec. 4-21-404 et seq.). The law prohibits printing, publishing, or circulating any advertisement indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics. However, employers can make distinctions based on religion or sex when either is a bona fide occupational qualification for apprenticeship employment. An employer may also adopt and carry out a plan to hire new apprentices that eliminates or reduces imbalance with respect to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin. The plan must be filed with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

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