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 will receive interview preferences for both appointments and promotions, and if there are two candidates with equal qualifications, knowledge, skills, etc., hiring preference will be given to the Veteran.
- Eligible spouses of Veterans will also be guaranteed an interview for positions that meet their qualifications if the spouse or surviving spouse is a qualified voter in Tennessee or has been a Tennessee resident for more than 2 years preceding such person's application and one of the two following circumstances exist;
- as a result of such military service, the Veteran suffered a one hundred percent (100%) service-connected disability or is permanently and totally disabled; or
- the Veteran died in the line of duty during such military service; and
- the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the Veteran.
- Additionally, 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.