On April 11, Governor Haslam signed into law a bill prohibiting local governments from mandating health insurance benefits, leave policies, hourly wage standards, or prevailing wage standards that deviate from existing requirements of state and federal law as a condition of doing business with or within the jurisdiction of the local government.
The new law means that cities and towns in Tennessee may not establish prevailing wages higher than the federal minimum wage and/or state or federal prevailing wages. Any such local laws already on the books are no longer enforceable.
The new law also includes a prohibition against local governments enacting so-called wage theft laws, stating that enforcement of existing wage statutes is the right of the state and federal governments.
This is definitely a win for employers.