Judge grants week extension to delay of state layoffs

photo Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam answers a question during a news conference after speaking to a joint session of the Legislature in Nashville.

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NASHVILLE - Dozens of state employees who faced being fired this week by Gov. Bill Haslam will hold on to their jobs until at least next week after a Nashville judge on Monday granted a one-week extension of her temporary restraining order.

Circuit Court Judge Amanda McClendon said she was not ready to render a decision in the challenge brought by the Tennessee State Employees Association last week but expects to rule on the case this coming Monday.

The move came after 90 minutes of spirited arguments and a flurry of court filings by attorneys for the state employees group and the Tennessee Attorney General's Office over whether the Haslam administration did or didn't violate state law in the layoff process.