TENNESSEE - Workers’ Rights

Definition of agricultural worker under state law:

• For purposes of Tennessee’s Employment Security Law, “[a]gricultural labor” is defined at TENN. CODE ANN. § 50-7-207.

Wages and Overtime

Minimum Wage

There is no state minimum wage law.


There is no state law regarding overtime pay.


State Enforcement Agency

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (directs individuals with questions on these issues to the federal DOL) – https://www.tn.gov/workforce/employees/labor-laws/labor-laws-redirect/wages-breaks.html

Occupational Safety and Health

Workers’ Compensation

Agricultural workers are excluded from the state workers’ compensation law.  (Tenn. Ann. Code § 50-6-106(4)). However, employers of agricultural workers may choose to voluntarily operate under the workers’ compensation law.

State Enforcement Agency:
Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Website: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/injuries-at-work.html
Relevant forms: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/workforce/injuries-at-work/bureau-services/bureau-services/workers–comp-forms.html

Field Sanitation

State Enforcement Agency:

Occupational Safety and Health Division, Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Website: https://www.tn.gov/workforce.html

Pesticide Safety

State Enforcement Agency:

Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Pesticides

Website: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/businesses/pesticides.html

Right to Join Unions and Collective Bargaining in Agriculture

State Legal Services Organizations

Southern Migrant Legal Services – A Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.