Texas labor laws set standards for the minimum wage, the equitable treatment of workers, and a healthy working environment for employees and management. In order to protect employees’ rights, they act in line with federal legislation. Here are some Texas labor laws that employees must be aware of.
TX Leave Requirements
Texas has several rules governing necessary time off and leaves of absence for workers that apply to all employers. These laws consist of the following:
Employers in Texas are not obligated to offer employees paid or unpaid vacation benefits. If an employer decides to offer such benefits, it must do so in accordance with the provisions of its written policy or employment agreement.
According to TX employment laws, employers are not required to offer their staff paid or unpaid sick days. However, under the Family and Medical Leave Act or other federal rules, an employer may be compelled to give a worker unpaid sick leave.
Texas labor law does not compel private employers to give either paid or unpaid holiday leave to their employees. A private employer in Texas has the right to require that an employee work on holidays.
Jury Duty Leave
An employer cannot fire, threaten to terminate, or harass any permanent employee who works as a juror or who attends court proceedings in affiliation with his duty.
Texas law does not allow employers to provide employee bereavement leave.
Family and Medical Leave
According to Texas labor laws, employers do not need to give their staff members family and medical leave. However, companies in Texas must follow the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), just as in the other states.
According to TX employment laws, if an employee can’t find two (2) continuous hours outside of their regular work hours to vote when the polls are open, the employer must give them paid time off.
An employee cannot be fired by their employer because they are on military leave. The employee has the right to resume employment following their service without suffering a loss of benefits.
TX Termination Laws
As an “at-will employment” state, Texas allows for the termination of employees for any legitimate, non-discriminatory cause. If the employee belongs to a protected class (age, color, race, gender, religion, national origin, FMLA leave, disability, or active military status), an employee may file a discrimination lawsuit as a result of termination under state or federal law.
TX Background Checks
Under Texas labor law, many employers cannot do a seven-year criminal background check for employment paying less than $75,000. Employers can verify an applicant’s background check or criminal history going back to the age of eighteen if the job would pay more than $75,000.
TX Employee Monitoring
It is included in TX employee rights that employers cannot record their workers’ oral or written conversations unless they are parties to the conversation or have the approval of at least one participant. Employers must create a comprehensive policy addressing the usage of workplace computers and online services. Each employee must sign the policy. Employers cannot put any monitoring device in a vehicle without the owner’s consent. However, the employer can do so if he or she owns the vehicle and workers use it for work.
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