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I am in Tennessee. Employer at the nursing facility where I work does not give copies of work schedules to the employees. Need to know if there is a regulation or other documentation to support employees being entitled to a copy of the work schedule. We do shift work. They place the schedule on the board for 1 week but we are not allowed to copy it. Can you help?  Thanks in advance


Unless you are covered by a union contract or an oral or written individual employment contract which requires that you be given a copy of your schedule, there is no legal duty for the employer to give you one.  You will just have to make personal notes of your schedule from the posted notice.

I don't understand why an employer would refuse to give you a copy, since it seems like basic courtesy to me, but they are not violating the law.

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Frank C. Magill


I can answer questions about any U.S. labor or employment law question. I cannot answer questions about non-US law. I am not a specialist in employee benefit law (ERISA and HIPAA) or Workers' Compensation law, but will do my best to point questioners toward good resources availabe online. Expertise includes, without limitation, EEO/Affirmative Action/Employment discrimination (Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, GINA, Fair Credit Reporting Act as applied to employment); Fair Labor Standards Act; Texas labor code; Family Medical Leave Act; employee compensation; discipline and dismissal; force reductions, severance pay programs and administration; collective bargaining, union representation, grievances and arbitration, National Labor Relations Act and National Labor Relations Board; employee handbooks; staffing; dispute resolution outside of traditional labor agreements; employee communications; employment policies and compliance programs; codes of ethics; employment or labor litigation.


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