Tennessee Eliminates Private Suits For State Wage-Hour Law Violations

On April 23, 2013 Governor Haslam signed an amendment to Tennessee’s Wage Regulations Act  (Act) which eliminates private suits for state wage and hour law violations.  The amendment gives the Tennessee Department of Labor the exclusive power to enforce state wage and hour law.  The amendment also provides for an award of reasonable expenses, including attorneys’ fees and disbursements for claims brought under the Act.

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4 thoughts on “Tennessee Eliminates Private Suits For State Wage-Hour Law Violations

  1. That is a great advantage to all the workers of Tennessee. Furthermore, employers should be more careful in implementing rules in the workplace as one wrongdoing might end up their business.

  2. Greg says:

    But what is the statute of limitations for the State to bring an action?

    • chatmaker says:

      Thanks for the question Greg. As I recall the amendment does not set forth a statute of limitations. The employee could still sue under the FLSA and that statute of limitations is 2 years, which can be stretched to 3 for a “willful” violation.

      Thanks for following the blog.

      Chad

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