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.
Blood, Bone Marrow, Organ Donor
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; sufficient time off 4 times in a fiscal year for blood donation.
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.
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.
Donated Sick Leave
Employees may donate accrued sick time to another employee with a catastrophic illness or injury within the same agency that has exhausted all accrued time, SLP hours, and DSL received before SLP approval.
Extended Sick Leave
Employees with five or more years of TDCJ service since their most recent hire date and 56 hours of sick time accrued at the onset of their current injury or illness may be eligible for up to 6 workweeks of Extended Sick Leave (this is a one-time only benefit).
Family Leave Pool
Family Leave Pool is accrued sick or vacation time voluntarily contributed by TDCJ employees to benefits any TDCJ employee with eligible employee or family care needs. Employee must contribute in order to withdraw. Working retirees are not eligible to withdraw. Family Leave Pool contributions are taxable and considered wages for income tax purposes.
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 or 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.
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.
Employees follow the fiscal year holiday schedule for agency closed holidays, optional holidays, weekend holidays, and skeleton crew holidays.
TDCJ employees are eligible for leave with pay during jury service.
Annual Drills or Training: 15 workdays per fiscal year
Authorized Training or Duty: 15 workdays per fiscal year
Federal Active Duty: 22 workdays per calendar year
National Emergency Duty: Duration of duty
State Active Duty: Duration of duty
State Disaster Declaration: 7 workdays per fiscal year
Service Credit: One-hour monthly for active service LWOP status not receiving other paid leave entitlements
Reserve Law Enforcement Officer Training
TDCJ employees may be granted 5 workdays 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.
All TDCJ employees earn vacation hours each month based on total years of State employment. Vacation leave may be used after six months of continuous State service.
Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Services Volunteers, or Search and Rescue Volunteers
TDCJ employees may receive up to 5 workdays per fiscal year to attend firefighter or emergency medical services, or search and rescue training conducted by State agencies or to respond to a fire or medical emergency.
Volunteers of Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
TDCJ employees may receive up to 10 workdays per fiscal year to participate in disaster relief services.
Additional InformationFor additional information, please see the following policies:
Page updated: 03/08/2022