Vacation time and the workplace in Texas: everything you need to know

In the United States, there is no general law that grants any amount of vacation or days off for workers. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 establishes regulations for daily and weekly working hours, the minimum working age, and the minimum wage but does not consider time off as a paid right.

In this sense, each employer negotiates or establishes hiring conditions in which vacation pay is taken as a benefit, as well as sick leave and holiday days. On the other hand, it is also important to note that Texas employers are not required to have an employment contract when hiring their workers.

However, although US companies are not required to offer paid vacation days to their employees, many do, taking as a criterion the length of time the employees have been working for them and whether or not they work full time. As a result, most employers provide a paid vacation benefits ranging from 5-10 days each year to full-time workers.

One aspect to consider is that when the worker is fired after completing at least one year of full-time service, the vacation days accrued according to what is stipulated in the contract with the employer must be paid in full.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that there is no law that requires private employers to pay employees for national holidays. However, in the state of Texas, many offer pay holidays as a benefit, for example, January 1 for the new year or on July 4 for Independence Day. In addition, Texas celebrates several state-specific holidays when employers offer higher pay or comp time for working employees, such as Thanksgiving.