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Travel to a duty point or designated headquarters while on personal or compensatory leave

Travel to a duty point while on personal or compensatory leave

A state employee who is on leave may be required by an agency to leave a location outside of the employee’s designated headquarters to travel to a duty point that is also outside of headquarters. The employee may be reimbursed for the travel expenses incurred. The reimbursable expenses are limited to the amount of travel expenses that would have been incurred had the employee traveled from his or her headquarters directly to the duty point.

Note: The expenses are only reimbursable if the travel to the duty point is from a location other than the employee’s residence and the employee could not have reasonably anticipated that the business travel would be necessary before going on leave outside of the employee’s headquarters.

Return to a designated headquarters while on personal or compensatory leave

A state employee who is on leave may be required by an agency to leave a location outside of the employee’s headquarters to return to that headquarters. The employee may be reimbursed for the travel expenses incurred while returning to the designated headquarters. If the employee resumes the leave, he or she may also be reimbursed for expenses incurred while traveling back to the location at which the employee was staying on leave or to the proper location on the employee’s itinerary.

Note: The expenses are only reimbursable if the travel to the headquarters is from a location other than the employee’s residence and the employee could not have reasonably anticipated that the business travel would be necessary before going on leave outside of the employee’s headquarters. Texas Government Code Section 660.012(a)

Example

Ron, a state employee on vacation in New Mexico with his family, is called back to his state office in Dallas by his supervisor during an emergency situation at the agency. He travels from New Mexico to Dallas and completes the state duties required by his supervisor, then returns to New Mexico for the remainder of his vacation. Ron may be reimbursed for reasonable travel costs incurred to get him to Dallas to conduct his business and then back to New Mexico to complete his vacation.

Designated Headquarters
The area within the boundaries of the city in which a state employee's place of employment is located. If an employee's place of employment is located within an unincorporated area, then the area within a five-mile radius of the place of employment is the employee's designated headquarters. If an incorporated municipality or an unincorporated area is completely surrounded by the incorporated municipality in which an employee's place of employment is located, then the employee's designated headquarters includes the surrounded municipality or area. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(7)
Duty Point
The destination, other than a place of employment, to which a state employee travels to conduct official state business. If the destination is outside the employee's designated headquarters, then the duty point is either the incorporated municipality in which the destination is located or the unincorporated area within a five-mile radius of the destination. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(9)
State Employee
An individual employed by a state agency, including a key official. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(20) The term includes prospective state employees and aircraft pilots.