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What are my rights surrounding civic duty time off in Texas?

In Texas, there are certain situations in which your employer is required to give you time off for civic duty service. In today’s post, we outline your right to protected leave from your job for civic duty purposes.

Election Day

You have the right to take time off of work to vote on Election Day. In Texas, there is no limit on how much time your employer must give you to get to the polls and cast your ballot. This time off is paid at your normal rate, and your employer cannot retaliate against you in any way for taking it.

Military leave

In Texas, you can also take time off for military service. This leave can be for active duty or for training. While the leave is unpaid, your job is protected for the entirety of your leave. When you return to work, your employer may not:

  • Demote your position,
  • Cut your pay,
  • Decrease your seniority or
  • Reduce any of your benefits.

Jury duty

As an employee in Texas, you are also guaranteed job-protected time off if called to serve on a jury. This leave is unpaid. For both jury duty and military leave, you must notify your employer of the date you plan to return to work as soon as possible.

In addition, for any civic duty leave, the employer may not count such time off toward any absence limit at the company. In other words, a civic duty absence from work does not subtract from any sick or vacation time you may have accrued.

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