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Other Leaves: Texas

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Shafeeqa W. Giarratani and James I. Hughes, Norton Rose Fulbright


  • Texas has a number of leave laws that apply to employers. To the extent federal and state laws differ, the law that provides greater benefits and protection to the employee will apply. See Leaves of Absence - Texas.
  • If a Texas employer is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the employer must provide an employee with an unpaid break and a private place to express breast milk for the employee's child under one year of age. See Breaks for Breastfeeding and/or Expression of Breast Milk.
  • Texas law requires employers to allow employees to take leave to serve as jurors. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Texas employees are entitled to leave for court attendance pursuant to a valid subpoena. See Court Attendance Leave.
  • Private employers may not terminate an employee who is a member of the military forces of the State of Texas because that employee is ordered to authorized training or called to duty. See Military Leave.
  • Employers may not terminate or in any way discriminate against an employee who leaves the workplace to participate in a general public evacuation ordered under an emergency evacuation order. See Emergency Evacuation Leave.
  • Texas employers are required to provide employees with time off to vote. See Voting Leave.
  • Texas private employers are not required to provide employees with sick leave or vacation leave, whether paid or unpaid. See Leave Policies.