Law360: The (Slightly) Changing Landscape Of Tenn. Employment Laws

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In an article published on May 9, 2018, in Law360, Burr & Forman partner Stephen Price provides insight to Tennessee's employment laws which have only changed slightly during the 21st century. Price discusses the Tennessee Family Leave Act, or TFLA, and how it was originally called the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act and covered only maternity leave for women but expanded to men recently. "It provides up to four months of unpaid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, adopting a child and nursing an infant to full-time employees who have worked for at least 12 months for a private employer with 100 or more full-time employees. It was modernized in 2005 and expanded to allow paternity leave for men, as well as adoption leave for all parents." He also touches on how the state's social media laws have altered. "The increasing use of social media also is now reflected in Tennessee employment laws. For example, a recent law prohibits Tennessee employers from requiring applicants or employees to disclose the passwords for their personal internet accounts. Tennessee employers need to make sure their background check and other practices do not run afoul of this new law protecting these social media privacy rights of applicants and employees."

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