As of July 11, 2017, Metro Nashville employees will now have the option
of taking up to six (6) weeks of paid time off for the birth or adoption
of a child or for the severe illness of a parent, spouse, or child. Nashville
is leading the way with this new benefit for its city employees.
For an employee to be eligible for this benefit they must have been full-time
and employed for at least six (6) continuous months. Specifics for the
new policy can be found in the Civil Service Policy at 4.20 Paid Family
Leave. This new benefit will allow 30 paid work days to be taken for the
The Family Leave is also set up to work in conjunction with the Tennessee
Maternity Leave Act (TN Code Sec. 4-21-408). When this new leave is used
for the first 6 weeks (30 work days), an employee may follow that by using
regular FMLA leave (paid or unpaid). Additional leave may be allowed under
the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act; however, the total of Paid Family Leave
and regular FMLA leave is not to exceed 12 weeks.
Mayor Megan Berry, along with assistance from the Council on Gender Equity,
helped establish this benefit. The Civil Service Commission voted unanimously
to approve this new leave for Metro employees. It is their hope that they
will open the door for other municipalities to follow suit. They believe
this benefit will help retain valuable employees for the city. If an employee
does not have to make the impossible decision between a loved-one and
their job they can build stronger families who will then become stronger citizens.
Marquie Young is an Associate Attorney in Humble Law’s Nashville
office. She represents employees whose rights have been violated. Marquie
can be reached via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 615-800-3041.