Employment Services Industry Licensing Guide

Employment Services Industry Licensing

Tennessee Employment Agency

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Licensing requirements for Tennessee employment, staffing and talent agencies.

This page provides an overview of employment services licensing in Tennessee for individuals and agencies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide employment services in Tennessee must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the services offered, businesses may need to apply for more than one license type, and in some cases, an individual license will be required as well.

Company Licenses

Tennessee Employment Services Company Licenses

Companies acting as employment agencies in Tennessee must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

Tennessee Employment Agency License

Not required



Employment Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Tennessee.

Tennessee Limited/Restricted PEO/Staff Leasing Company

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance - Licensing & Regulations
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Certificate of Liability Insurance Workers' Comp

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Disclosure Details:
  • A notarized statement affirming that the PEO/ Staff Leasing Company or Group does not maintain an office in this state, does
    not maintain a sales force or have a sales representative in this state, and does not directly solicit clients located or domiciled
    within this state (Restricted PEO Applicants Only).
  • A notarized statement demonstrating that the applicant will lease no more than fifty (50) employees in this state without
    obtaining an unrestricted license in this state (Restricted PEO Applicants Only).

  • A copy of a current license to engage in PEO/Staff Leasing issued by the applicant's state of domicile or a notarized statement
    by the applicant stating that no license is required by the applicant's state of domicile to engage in PEO/Staff Leasing; or a
    notarized statement by the applicant stating that it is not licensed in its state domicile or residence due to the fact that the
    applicant does not engage in staff leasing in that state (Non-residen

Initial Registration

Form:

Employee Leasing Licensee Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $500 license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Employee Leasing Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

The application shall be accompanied by the financial information required by T.C.A. § 62-43-106. 

In addition to employment agency licenses, some states also offers a license specific to talent agencies. Applications usually require proof of incorporation, and out of state employment firms must qualify as foreign entities with the secretary of state prior to obtaining a license.

Tennessee Professional Employer Organization License

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Initial Registration

Form:

Employee Leasing Company Licensee Application

Agency Fee:

$2,250

Law:

TN Code § 62-43-106

Registration Renewal

Form:

Employee Leasing Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$2,000

Due:

Biennially

Tennessee Talent Agency License

Not required



Talent Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Tennessee.

Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.

Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.

Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)

American Staffing Association
Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solution industry advocacy group.

National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Education and training oriented association for personnel services providers.

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Provides advocacy efforts, information, and other services to members of the employment industry.

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