Texas Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Some states have laws that require private employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Texas does not have such a law. However, most Texas employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Additional information is available.
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Family and medical leave. A state employee with at least 12 months of state service and who has worked at least 1,250 hours during the preceding 12-month period is allowed to take leave under the federal FMLA. Employees must first use all available paid vacation and sick leave while taking this leave, except for employees receiving temporary disability benefits or workers' compensation benefits (TX Gov. Code Sec. 661.912).
Parental leave. State employees who have been employed by the state for less than 12 months or who have worked less than 1,250 hours in the preceding 12 months are eligible for parental leave not to exceed 12 weeks. Employees must first use all available paid vacation and sick leave, and the remainder of the leave is unpaid. The leave begins on the date of, and may be taken only for, the birth of a natural child of the employee or adoption by or foster care placement with the employee of a child under the age of 3 (TX Gov. Code Sec. 661.913).
Parent-teacher conference leave. State employees who are parents of students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 may use up to 8 hours of sick leave each calendar year to attend parent-teacher conferences. Employees must give reasonable notice before taking this leave (TX Gov. Code Sec. 661.206).
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