Nearly everyone under 18 years of age in Tennessee is subject to the state's child labor protections. This section provides rules on working hours, permitted jobs, and exceptions. If you believe that you have been subject to employment discrimination, you can access the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) public online portal. You will be asked to answer a series of questions about your employment situation and, when appropriate, you will be instructed to schedule an interview.
The policies and rules for visiting state parks in Tennessee are described below. Visitors must comply with all the rules of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). A full list of those rules is available on the TDEC website. It is important for employers to comply with both federal and state labor laws in Tennessee. Accommodations for visitors to Tennessee State Parks can be found on the accommodations page and lodges on the cabin page.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, TDEC, and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division have closed public access to all abandoned caves, sinkholes, tunnels and mines on their land. See the list of accommodations on the Tennessee State Parks accommodations page and the list of lodges on the Tennessee State Parks cabin page. Tennessee does not have laws that require or regulate certain aspects of benefits, but employers should respect any policies or offers they have established to reduce legal risk. According to annotated section 50-2-103 of the Tennessee Code and in accordance with the Tennessee Eating and Rest Interruptions Act, employees must have a period of thirty (30) minutes of unpaid food or rest if six (consecutive) hours are scheduled, except in work environments that provide ample opportunities to rest or take adequate rest. All private employers in Tennessee must also pay employees all wages or compensation no less than once a month, in accordance with Tennessee's payday regulations. Tennessee state parks offer equestrian support facilities or trails at Natchez Trace and Chickasaw in western Tennessee; Cedars of Lebanon and Fall Creek Falls in central Tennessee; and Pickett and Warriors' Path in East Tennessee.
The Close and Reduction of Operations Act in Tennessee is similar to the WARN Act, but there are some key differences. All disabled visitors, residents and non-residents of Tennessee who are disabled can get a twenty-five (25%) to fifty (50%) discount on camping fees charged at all parks in the Tennessee State Park System if they show satisfactory evidence of such disability. The TDEC and Tennessee State Parks have worked diligently to provide reasonable accommodations to their customers with disabilities in order to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in outdoor programs and activities. Therefore, no one may carry a handgun in a Tennessee state park unless they have a concealed or improved weapon permit or that complies with another exception to Tennessee Code annotated 39-17-1311 (a). The Tennessee Disability Act (TDA), codified in annotated section 8-50-103 of the Tennessee Code, reflects much of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Tennessee Legal Employment Act (TLEA) requires employers in the state to hire and maintain a legal workforce.
To make spending the night outdoors even more affordable for residents, Tennessee state parks are now offering a 10% discount. For example, there is no sick leave law in Tennessee, but businesses with 50 or more employees must provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).