Tennessee Lawful Employment Act documents

Now that the TLEA has fully phased in and applies to the vast majority of employers in Tennessee (any employer with 6 or more employees), it is important to ensure compliance.  Here are the documents that qualify as acceptable documents for verification compliance:

  • Current, unexpired driver’s license
  • Valid photo registration issues by a State
  • U.S. Birth Certificate (including U.S. certificate of birth abroad)
  • Unexpired U.S. passport
  • U.S. certificate of citizenship or of naturalization
  • U.S. identification or permanent resident card
  • Immigrant or alien registration recognized by Homeland Security

There are some differences in qualifying documents for I-9 requirements.  Also, copies of documents must be retained for the longer of 3 years after hire date or 1 year after termination of employment.


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About Andrew (Andy) Wampler

For over a decade, I have provided legal services to businesses and individuals in Northeast Tennessee. I spend time litigating breaches of contract, medical malpractice, and commercial disputes and have worked on a number of transactions. I also advise businesses, working much of my time on healthcare and employment matters.

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