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TEAM Act-Veterans Preference

On April 24, 2012, Governor Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act into law.

The TEAM Act calls for two divisions of state service: preferred service and executive service. Executive service employees remain "at-will" as they currently serve. Preferred service replaces the traditional "career service" designation and preserves as a streamlined appeals process along with other considerations.

  • Veterans and their spouses will receive interview preferences for both appointments and promotions, and if there are two candidates with equal qualifications, knowledge, skills, etc., preference will be given to the veteran.
  • Veterans' surviving spouses will also be guaranteed an interview for positions that meet their qualifications if they have been a Tennessee resident for more than 2 years and their veteran spouse suffered a 100% service connected disability or died in the line of duty.
  • Also, if a supervisor passes over an eligible veteran and selects a non-veteran for a position, they must record their reasons in writing. The record will be made available for the veteran to view.
  • In the event of layoffs, veterans will continue to receive 60 months of credit toward their time of service to be factored into the process.