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Texas Leave Laws


No federal or state law requires employers to provide paid or unpaid vacation time for their employees. However, if employers choose to offer a vacation leave, paid or unpaid, to their employees it must comply with applicable state law or employment contract. 

Jury Duty Leave

Employers must provide unpaid leave to employees summoned to jury duty. Job protections apply to employees taking jury duty leave. Employers may not punish or penalize employees for taking time off from work to comply with a valid subpoena to appear in court.

Bereavement Leave

No federal or state law require an employer to provide the employee with paid or unpaid bereavement leave or with any time off to organize or attend a close family member’s funeral.

Voting Leave

Employees may be absent from work for a reasonable amount of time to vote (at least two hours), unless the polls are open for at least two consecutive hours outside of the employee’s work hours. Voting leave is paid if the time cuts into the employee’s normal working hours. Employers may designate the time the employee will be off to vote, as long as the time is reasonable and sufficient to allow the employee to vote. Employees may be absent from work to attend a state or local political convention. Convention leave is unpaid.

    All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.