Meal and Break Rules in Tennessee

Each employee in Tennessee who is scheduled to work six consecutive hours must have a 30-minute, unpaid rest break or meal period. If, however, the nature of the workplace is such that employees may take breaks during the workday, the scheduled rest/meal period need not be provided. Breaks may not be scheduled during or before the first workday hour.

Employers must provide reasonable unpaid breaks to employees who need to express breast milk for their infants. The break, if possible, should run concurrently with any break time already provided. Employers should make reasonable efforts to provide a room, other than a toilet stall, where employees may express milk in privacy.