Nashville Takes the Lead with Paid Family Leave

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 specified purposes.

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.,%202017.pdf


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 or by phone at 615-800-3041.

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