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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


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Texas. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Texas does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • An employer must allow an employee to take leave to serve jury duty. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employee is entitled to leave for mandatory court appearances. See Witness Duty/Court Appearance Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate an employee who leaves the workplace to participate in a general public evacuation ordered under an emergency evacuation order. See Emergency Evacuation Leave.
  • An employer 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.
  • An employer may not terminate or otherwise discriminate against an employee who takes a leave from work in order to attend a precinct convention or attend a county, district or state convention as a delegate. See Political Leave.
  • An employer must provide an employee with time off to vote. See Voting Leave.