State Regulations for Tennessee

Date Revised: 9/16/2022

Governing Body:

Tennessee Department of Health

License Required for Day Camps :
License Required for Resident Camps:
Criminal Background Checks Required:
Criminal Background Checks Information:

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
901 R.S. Gass Blvd
Nashville, TN 37216

Tennessee Code 37-5-511. Criminal violation information required of persons having access to children

Tennessee Code 38-6-109. Verification of criminal violation information

Tennessee Open Records Information Services (TORIS) - $29 per record

State Allows FBI Checks:
State FBI Checks Text:

A qualified organization must sign a User Agreement with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Learn more.

State Sex Offender Registry:

Tennessee Sex Offender Registry

Minimum Wage:


*Federal minimum wage applies

Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions:

No specified state-level exemptions. Federal FLSA exemptions applies for those covered by Act.

Subminimum Wage:

No specified state-level Subminimum Wage. Federal FLSA Subminimum Wage rules applies for those covered by Act.

Overtime Pay Requirements:

No specified state-level requirements. Federal FLSA ovetime pay requirements apply for those covered by Act.

Overtime Pay Exemptions:

No specified state-level overtime page requirement exemptions. Federal FLSA overtime pay exemptions apply for those covered by Act.

Meal/Rest Period Requirements:

Meal or rest period: 30-minute meal or rest period some time after 1st hour of shift of 6 or more hours (includes minors who work 6 consecutive hours); exception–employees that have ample opportunity for rest or breaks by nature of the work.

Student Exemption from Unemployment Tax:
Student Exemption Information:

Services performed in the employ of a school, college, or university by a student attending such school, college or university. Services performed by a student who is enrolled at a nonprofit or public educational institution that combines work experience with academic instruction in a full-time program for school credit at such institution;  OR
Services performed by a full-time student in the employ of an “organized camp” provided qualifications defined in T.C.A. Section 50-7-207(c)(13) of the law are met;"

Other Wages Source:

Tennessee Code 50-2-103