Don't HR Alone #46 - Tennessee Employment of Minors

Tennessee Employment of Minors

Tennessee’s Child Labor Act is located at Tenn. Code Ann. 50-5-101 – 50-5-222.

Under Tennessee law, an individual younger than 18 years of age is a minor.

Prohibited Employment

Tennessee law prohibits employers from employing minors under 18 years of age in the following jobs:

  • Occupations in or about plants or establishments manufacturing or storing explosives or articles containing explosive components.

  • Occupations involving motor vehicle driving.

  • Coalmine occupations.

  • Logging occupations and the operations of any sawmill, lath mill, shingle mill, or cooperage-stock mill.

  • Occupations involving the operation of power-driven woodworking machines.