Texas – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave



Minimum Wage

Texas’ current minimum wage is $7.25.

For more information on Texas’s minimum wage laws, visit our Texas Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Overtime

Texas labor laws do not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.


Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Texas may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Texas Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.


Meals and Breaks

Texas labor laws do not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees, thus the federal rule applies. TX Labor Law FAQs. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.


Vacation Leave

Information about Texas vacation leave laws may now be found on our Texas Leave Laws page.


Sick Leave

Information about Texas sick leave laws may now be found on our Texas Leave Laws page.


Holiday Leave

Information about Texas holiday leave laws may now be found on our Texas Leave Laws page.


Jury Duty Leave

Information about Texas jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Texas Leave Laws page.


Voting Leave

Information about Texas voting leave laws may now be found on our Texas Leave Laws page.


Severance Pay

Texas labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. TX Labor Law FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, Texas residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Texas State Unemployment Benefits.


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