Tennessee Labor Laws

As of 2022, Tennessee’s state minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour

Tennessee employers can pay as little as $2.13 an hour, as long as the employee earns enough in tips to add up to the federal minimum wage.

In calculating the overtime rate for the tipped employee, the restaurateur must multiply the minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) by 1½ (1.5), subtract the tip credit ($5.12 per hour), multiply that figure by the number of overtime hours worked, and then add that sum to their 40-hour total. 

Tennessee does not have a law regarding providing breaks to employees.

As long as the fee does not exceed the cost of the transaction fee, it is generally allowed.

Tennessee does not have a paid sick days law.

Employment Law Firms

Barrett, Johnston, Martin & Garrison Law Firm

We put people first. We represent workers, whistleblowers, shareholders, and consumers against powerful and well-funded interests. We have the experience and resources to level the playing field for you. When we were founded over 55 years ago, our lawyers were in the trenches representing student activists in the Civil Rights movement. We put people first then, and we put people first today.

The Crone Law Firm


Our attorneys have decades of education and experience in employment law. Many other attorneys have barely tiptoed through the books. But since employment law is our focus, we are entirely versed and up-to-date. We are one of the few firms in Memphis and the Mid-South so highly specialized in the field. We are passionate about resolving your workplace disputes and we know the law backwards and forwards.