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Legislative Changes Affecting Salary Administration, 85th Legislature

FPP F.021

Changes to Leave Administration

Requirement to Adopt Agency Leave Policy

Senate Bill 73 added a new provision that requires that all state agencies and institutions of higher education to adopt a policy governing leave for employees. The leave policy must provide clear and objective guidelines for each type of leave to establish under what circumstances an agency’s employee may be entitled to or granted leave. The provision requires that the agency post the policy on the agency’s website in a location easily accessible to employees and the public.

Similar provisions are found in the GAA, Article IX, Sec. 7.14

Leave During Agency Investigation

Senate Bill 73 added a new provision that provides authority for the administrative head of an agency to grant leave without a deduction in salary to a state employee who is:

  • The subject of an investigation being conducted by the agency
  • A victim of, or witness to, an act or event that is the subject of an investigation being conducted by the agency

This change also requires the agency to submit a report to the State Auditor’s Office and the Legislative Budget Board that details the name of the employee who either was:

  • The subject of the investigation
    –OR–
  • The victim of an act that is under investigation
    –OR–
  • The witness to an act that is under investigation
    –AND–
  • Was granted 168 or more hours of investigation leave during the fiscal quarter

The report is due no later than the last day of each fiscal quarter and must include a brief statement of the reason each employee listed remains on leave.

Medical and Mental Health Care Leave for Certain Veterans

Senate Bill 73 also added a new provision to provide authority for medical and mental health care leave for certain veterans. The new provision applies to a state employee who is a veteran, as defined by Texas Government Code, Section 434.023(a), and eligible for health benefits under a program administered by the Veterans Health Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

The new provision provides for those qualified state employees, the employee may be granted leave without a deduction in salary or loss of vacation time, sick leave, earned overtime credit or state compensatory time to obtain medical and mental health care administered by the Veterans Health Administration. The provision provides authority for the agency to grant up to 15 days each fiscal year. The provision allows, at the discretion of the administrative agency head, to grant additional days of this leave annually.

Changes to Emergency Leave Provisions

Senate Bill 73 amended the emergency leave provisions by adding language clarifying that the administrative agency head shall grant emergency leave to an employee if the employee requests the leave and the administrative agency head determines that the employee has shown good cause for taking emergency leave for reasons other than a death in the employee’s family.

The administrative head of the agency may not grant emergency leave unless the administrative agency head believes that the employee being granted leave intends to return to the employee’s position upon expiration of the period of emergency leave.

This new provision clarifies that an employee is not required to request emergency leave if the administrative head of the agency grants emergency leave because the agency is closed due to inclement weather conditions or in observance of a holiday.

The new provision requires that the administrative agency head report the information below for each employee granted more than 32 hours of emergency leave during the prior state fiscal year. The report is due to the Comptroller’s office no later than Oct. 1.

  • Employee name
  • Employee position
  • Reason for the emergency leave
  • Total number of hours of emergency leave granted

Similar provisions are found in the GAA, Article IX, Section 7.14

Standardized Accounting Codes for Leave

Senate Bill 73 added a new provision that requires the Comptroller’s office to adopt a standardized set of accounting codes for each type of leave authorized in Texas Government Code, Chapter 661, for use in the Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS) and Uniform Statewide Payroll/Personnel System for reporting leave taken by the agency’s employees.

Similar provisions are found in the GAA, Article IX, Section 7.14

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