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Regardless of whether an official prepares separate policies or elects to come under those adopted by the county legislative body, the official is required to ensure that employees under his or her direction receive certain basic information. The act makes each county official and each department head within the county responsible, with respect to the employees of that office or department, for the following:

  1. Ensuring that each employee under his or her direction has received a copy of the personnel policies in effect for that office, including a statement that nothing in the policies is intended to create a contract of employment or to affect the employment-at-will status of county employees, and a statement for each employee to sign acknowledging receipt of a copy of the policies for that employee’s office or department and acknowledging that the employee understands that subsequent amendments will be on file at the office of the county clerk.
  2. Furnishing to each employee a copy of T.C.A. § 39-16-504, relative to falsifying, destroying or tampering with governmental records.
  3. Maintaining all required personnel records, including but not limited to the form I-9 required under federal immigration laws and all wage and hour records required under state or federal law, unless such records are maintained in a central payroll office within the county.
  4. Ensuring that all posters and other employee notifications required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, applicable equal employment opportunity laws, and other applicable state or federal laws have been posted or otherwise given to employees. The posters and other helpful information can be obtained free of charge from the federal Department of Labor (DOL) Wage & Hour Division office and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) office nearest your county.