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Staff Professional Exemption

Reference Number: MTAS-1207
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: July 03, 2017
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The employee must:

  • Be paid on a salaried basis and meet the minimum salary test;
  • Have a primary duty to perform work requiring advanced knowledge or invention, imagination, or originality;
  • Work in a field of science or learning or talent in a recognized field of artistic or creative endeavor; and
  • Use knowledge customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.

The professional exemption rarely applies in police departments. Some examples include police attorneys or police psychologists. 29 C.F.R. § 541.

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