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Paid Leave

Bone Marrow Donations

TDCJ employees may receive up to 5 working days in a fiscal year for bone marrow donors; up to 30 working days in a fiscal year for organ donors; and sufficient time off 4 times in a fiscal year for blood donators (September – August).

Continuing Education

TDCJ full-time employees may be granted up to 8 hours administrative leave for completion of 12 hours of course credits from an accredited college or university within the past 12 months with a minimum 3.0 grade points in each course.

Bereavement/Funeral

TDCJ employees may receive up to three workdays paid leave when a death occurs in the employee’s immediate family. These workdays need not be consecutive. Days identified for such use require approval.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

TDCJ employees may be granted up to 5 hours each month to participate in mandatory training or perform volunteer services for CASA.

Family Medical Leave

TDCJ employees may receive up to 12 workweeks paid or unpaid based on leave accruals for family medical leave.  Qualifying employees must have 12 months of State service and must have physically worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 month period preceding the requested leave period.

(Up to 26 workweeks to care for a family member who is a covered service member and who is recovering from a serious illness or injury sustained in the line of duty.)

Foster Parents

TDCJ employees who are foster parents under the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) may receive administrative leave for attending meetings held by the DFPS and Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD) meetings held by a school district.

Jury Duty

TDCJ employees are eligible for leave with pay during jury service.

Military Leave

TDCJ employees may receive up to 15 workdays per Federal fiscal year when called to active duty or for military related training (October 1 - September 30)

Red Cross Volunteer

TDCJ employees may receive up to 10 workdays per fiscal year to serve as a Red Cross volunteer.

Reserve Officer Training

TDCJ employees may be granted 5 work days every two years to complete continuing education program hours required to remain licensed as a peace officer.

Service Animal Training

TDCJ employees may receive up to 10 workdays per fiscal year for service animal training.

State Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Services Training

TDCJ employees may receive up to 5 workdays per fiscal year to attend firefighter or emergency medical services training conducted by State agencies or to respond to a fire or medical emergency.

State or Federally Authorized Urban Search and Rescue Team

Public employees who are members of a state or federally authorized Urban Search and Rescue Team shall be entitled to administrative leave up to 15 workdays per federal fiscal year (October 1 - September 30) for the purpose of engaging in authorized training or duty ordered or authorized by proper authority.

Additional Information

For additional information about these and other paid leave, please see PD-46, Medical and Parental Leave; PD-49, Leaves Other than Medical and Parental; and PD-76, Employment and Reemployment of Members of the Uniformed Services.


Page updated: 08/04/2017