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Other Leaves: Tennessee

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: James L. Holt, Jr., Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Tennessee. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Tennessee law requires that employers with 100 or more full-time employees provide up to four months of leave for childbirth, adoption, pregnancy and nursing. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Tennessee law urges employers to develop programs that permit their employees with children in schools to take such time off. See School Activities Leave.
  • Tennessee law provides that employees are entitled to be absent to vote for a reasonable time, not to exceed three hours. See Voting Leave.
  • Tennessee employers must excuse an employee from work when the employee presents a summons to report to jury duty. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Employees who are members of a volunteer firefighter organization or rescue squad may take time off work to respond to emergencies. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • Tennessee law provides that private employers must allow employees to take an unpaid leave of absence for military service pursuant to orders. See Military Leave.
  • Employers must allow employees who are veterans to take Veterans Day as an unpaid holiday, under certain conditions. See Veterans Day Leave.