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Family and medical leave — Texas

Federal, state and even some county and municipal governments may require you, as an employer, to provide your employees with family and medical leave. Texas, however, is not one of the states that has its own law governing mandatory employee family or medical leave. The federal government has adopted the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which is enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor. The FMLA allows eligible employees to take job-protected leave each year for family or medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. The FMLA requires covered employers to grant such leave and to return the employee to his or her position or an equivalent position, upon timely return from leave. An employer may not interfere with, restrain or deny any employee’s right to take FMLA leave or discriminate or retaliate against any employee for requesting or taking FMLA leave.


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) covers public and private employers and educational agencies. Private employers are covered...

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