Labor and Employment Law Section

The section focuses on all traditional labor relations issues and matters arising in individual employment rights. A continuing legal education seminar on employment law issues is sponsored annually by the section, as is a regular newsletter.

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Tennessee Bar Association
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Letter from the Editor

Here’s the latest newsletter from TBA’s Labor and Employment Section. I want to thank this issue's authors, all who have written multiple articles for this newsletter, for their wonderful articles: Rowan Leathers, John LaBar, Bradford Harvey and Megan Welton. If you have an article or an idea for an article, I invite you to e-mail me at I look forward to seeing many of you at the annual Labor and Employment Law forum on May 4.

Bruce E. Buchanan is a partner at Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC, where he primarily represents employers in all aspects of immigration law, with a special emphasis on employer immigration compliance
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Tennessee’s ‘Fresh Start Act’ Signed into Law

Last Friday, Gov. Bill Haslam signed Tennessee SB2465, relative to occupational licenses, into law. The bill, known as the "Fresh Start Act," creates a uniform process that all licensing authorities must follow and requires that denials and refusals to renew occupational and professional licenses based on a criminal conviction must only occur when the offense relates to the offender's ability to perform the occupation or profession. This bill Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 76, Part 1 and Title 63, Chapter 1.

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