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Texas Payroll/Personnel Resource

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General Provisions
Payment of Compensatory Time Earned During a Declared Disaster or Emergency


At the discretion of the agency head, an employee may be paid at the employee’s regular hourly salary rate for the hours of compensatory time the employee earned for work directly related to a disaster or emergency declared by the appropriate office of the state or federal government.

Employees must either:

  • Be paid for this time or
  • Take the compensatory time off within the 12-month period following the workweek in which the compensatory time was earned.

If the employee receives payment for the compensatory hours, the compensatory time balance must be reduced by one hour for each hour for which the employee is paid.

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The agency must notify the Comptroller’s office of its intent to pay compensatory time to eligible employees. The notification must include:

  • Documentation identifying the declared disaster or emergency for which the time was earned and
  • A list of the employees who will be paid in association with the request.

The notification must be submitted to:

Comptroller of Public Accounts
Fiscal Management Division, Payroll Policy
111 East 17th Street, 9th floor
Austin, Texas 78774

To submit your request electronically, please send a letter on agency letterhead to

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Texas Government Code, Section 659.015(i) and 659.016(i)