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Tennessee Lawful Employment Act

The Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (TLEA) took effect January 1, 2012, and requires employers to obtain lawful resident/employment verification information. The TLEA requires all employers in Tennessee to demonstrate that they are hiring and maintaining a legal workforce either by: enrolling and verifying the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees through the E-Verify program, or requesting all newly hired employees and “non-employees” to provide one of the following identity and employment authorization documents: A valid Tennessee driver’s license or photo identification; A valid driver’s license or photo identification from another state where; A birth certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory; A U.S. government issued certified birth certificate; A valid, unexpired U.S. passport; A U.S. certificate of birth abroad; A report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen; A certificate of citizenship; A certificate of naturalization; A U.S. citizen identification card; Valid alien registration documentation or other proof of current immigration registration. Federal law still requires all employers to complete an I-9 form for all new hires.

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