Tex. Local Gov't Code Section 142.0013
Hours of Labor and Vacation of Members of Fire and Police Departments in Certain Municipalities


(a)

A member of a fire or police department in a municipality with a population of more than 25,000 may not, except in an emergency, be required to be on duty more than six days in a week.

(b)

A member of a fire or police department in a municipality with a population of more than 30,000 is entitled to 15 vacation days each year with pay if the member has been regularly employed in the department or departments for at least one year. The municipal officials supervising the fire and police departments shall designate the days of the week during which a member of a fire department or police department is not required to be on duty and the days during which the member is allowed to be on vacation.

(c)

A fire fighter shall be granted the same number of vacation days and holidays, or days in lieu of vacation days or holidays, granted to other municipal employees, at least one of which shall be designated as September 11th.

(d)

A police officer shall be granted the same number of vacation days and holidays, or days in lieu of vacation days or holidays, granted to other municipal employees.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1, Sec. 24(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1287 (H.B. 2113), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1287 (H.B. 2113), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.
Sec. 142.0015. HOURS OF LABOR AND VACATION OF MEMBERS OF FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN MUNICIPALITY WITH POPULATION OF MORE THAN 10,000. (a) This section applies only in a municipality with a population of more than 10,000.

(b)

A fire fighter or a member of a fire department who provides emergency medical services, other than the fire chief or the assistant chief or an equivalent classification, and who is required or permitted to work more than the number of hours that bears the same ratio to 212 hours as the number of days in the work period bears to 28 days is considered to have worked overtime. The person is entitled to be compensated for the overtime as provided by Subsection (e).

(c)

A member of a fire department who does not fight fires or provide emergency medical services, including a mechanic, clerk, investigator, inspector, fire marshal, fire alarm dispatcher, and maintenance worker, other than the fire chief or the assistant chief or an equivalent classification, and who is required or permitted to average more hours in a week than the number of hours in a normal work week of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters, emergency medical service personnel, and police officers, is considered to have worked overtime. The person is entitled to be compensated for the overtime as provided by Subsection (e).

(d)

In computing the hours worked in a work week or the average number of hours worked in a work week during a work cycle of a fire fighter or other member of a fire department covered by this section, all hours are counted during which the fire fighter or other member of a fire department is required to remain on call on the employer’s premises or so close to the employer’s premises that the person cannot use those hours effectively for that person’s own purposes. Hours in which the fire fighter or other member of a fire department is required only to leave a telephone number at which that person may be reached or to remain accessible by radio or pager are not counted. In computing the hours in a work week or the average number of hours in a work week during a work cycle of a fire fighter or a member of a fire department who provides emergency medical services, vacation, sick time, holidays, time in lieu of holidays, or compensatory time may be excluded as hours worked.

(e)

A fire fighter or other member of a fire department may be required or permitted to work overtime. A fire fighter or other member of a fire department, other than the fire chief or the assistant chief or an equivalent classification, who is required or permitted to work overtime as provided by Subsections (b) and (c) is entitled to be paid overtime for the excess hours worked without regard to the number of hours worked in any one week of the work cycle. Overtime hours are paid at a rate equal to 1-1/2 times the compensation paid to the fire fighter or member of the fire department for regular hours.

(e-1)

Notwithstanding Subsection (d), in a municipality with a population of one million or more that has not adopted Chapter 143 (Municipal Civil Service for Firefighters and Police Officers), for purposes of determining hours worked, including determining hours worked for calculation of overtime under Subsection (e), all hours are counted as hours worked during which the fire fighter or member of the fire department:

(1)

is required to remain available for immediate call to duty by continuously remaining in contact with the fire department office by telephone, pager, or radio; or

(2)

is taking any authorized leave, including attendance incentive leave, vacation leave, holiday leave, compensatory time off, jury duty, military leave, or leave because of a death in the family.

(f)

Except as provided by Subsection (g) or (j), a police officer may not be required to work:

(1)

more than 40 hours during a calendar week in a municipality that:

(A)

has a population of more than one million;

(B)

is not subject to Section 142.0017; and

(C)

has not adopted Chapter 174 (Fire and Police Employee Relations); or

(2)

in a municipality not described by Subdivision (1), more hours during a calendar week than the number of hours in the normal work week of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters and police officers.

(f-1)

In determining whether a police officer is considered to have been required to work overtime for purposes of Subsection (f)(1), all hours are counted during which the police officer:

(1)

is required to remain available for immediate call to duty by continuously remaining in contact with a police department office by telephone or by radio;

(2)

is taking any authorized leave, including attendance incentive leave, vacation leave, holiday leave, compensatory time off, jury duty, military leave, or leave because of a death in the family; and

(3)

is considered to have worked under Subsection (h).

(g)

In the event of an emergency, a police officer may be required to work more hours than permitted by Subsection (f). An emergency is an unexpected happening or event or an unforeseen situation or crisis that calls for immediate action and requires the chief or head of the police department to order a police officer to work overtime.

(h)

An officer required to work overtime in an emergency is entitled to be compensated for the overtime at a rate equal to 1-1/2 times the compensation paid to the officer for regular hours unless the officer elects, with the approval of the governing body of the municipality, to accept compensatory time equal to 1-1/2 times the number of overtime hours. For purposes of this subsection, compensable hours of work include all hours during which a police officer is:

(1)

on duty on the premises of the municipality or at a prescribed workplace or required or permitted to work for the municipality, including preshift and postshift activities that are:

(A)

an integral part of the officer’s principal activity; or

(B)

closely related to the performance of the principal activity; and

(2)

away from the premises of the municipality under conditions that are so circumscribed that the officer is restricted from effectively using the time for personal pursuits.

(i)

Bona fide meal periods are not counted as hours worked. For a bona fide meal period, which does not include coffee breaks or time for snacks, a police officer must be completely relieved from duty. Ordinarily, 30 minutes or more is long enough for a bona fide meal period. A period shorter than 30 minutes may be long enough for a bona fide meal period under special conditions. A police officer is not relieved from duty if the officer is required to perform any duties, whether active or inactive, during the meal period.

(j)

If a majority of police officers working for a municipality sign a written waiver of the prohibition in Subsection (f), the municipality may adopt a work schedule for police officers requiring a police officer to work more hours than permitted by Subsection (f). The officer is entitled to overtime pay if the officer works more hours during a calendar month than the number of hours in the normal work month of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters and police officers.

(k)

For purposes of this subsection, “police dispatcher” means an operator or dispatcher employed by a municipal police department who provides communication support services for the police department by responding to requests for assistance. If a majority of police dispatchers for a municipal police department vote in favor of an alternate work schedule, the municipality may adopt an alternate work schedule for the department’s dispatchers. A dispatcher working under an alternate work schedule adopted under this subsection is entitled to overtime pay if the dispatcher works more hours during a calendar month than the number of hours in the normal work month of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters and police officers.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1, Sec. 24(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 756, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 80 (H.B. 1562), Sec. 1, eff. May 14, 2007.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 229 (H.B. 1768), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1269 (H.B. 1146), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 796 (H.B. 792), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2021.
Sec. 142.0016. USE OF COMPENSATORY TIME BY MEMBERS OF FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN MUNICIPALITY WITH POPULATION OF MORE THAN 10,000. (a) This section applies only in a municipality with a population of less than 1.5 million that is eligible to adopt civil service under Chapter 143 (Municipal Civil Service for Firefighters and Police Officers).

(b)

A fire fighter or police officer may, with the approval of the governing body of the municipality, accept instead of overtime pay compensatory time at a rate equal to 1-1/2 times the number of overtime hours.

(c)

A fire fighter or police officer may use compensatory time only when both the fire fighter or police officer and the municipality agree the time may be used.

(d)

A municipality may at any time pay a fire fighter or police officer for all or part of the person’s accumulated compensatory time if both the fire fighter or police officer and the municipality agree the time may be paid.

(e)

If full payment for a fire fighter’s or police officer’s accumulated compensatory time would exceed 10 percent of the person’s annual salary, the municipality may at its option defer payment of the amount in excess of 10 percent until the first pay period of the next fiscal year.

(f)

A municipality shall pay for accumulated compensatory time at a rate equal to the fire fighter’s or police officer’s salary at the time the payment is made or at the time the payment was requested, whichever is greater.

(g)

If a fire fighter or police officer dies or terminates employment for any reason, the municipality shall pay to the fire fighter or police officer or to his estate the total value of all the fire fighter’s or police officer’s accumulated compensatory time.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 37, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.
Sec. 142.0017. HOURS OF LABOR AND VACATION OF MEMBERS OF FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN MUNICIPALITY WITH POPULATION OF MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION. (a) This section applies only in a municipality with a population of more than 1.5 million.

(b)

A fire fighter or fire fighter emergency medical personnel may not be required or permitted to work more than an average of 46.7 hours a week during a 72-day work cycle designated by the department head. If the fire fighter or fire fighter emergency medical services employee is required to work more than an average of 46.7 hours a week during a 72-day work cycle designated by the department head, the person is entitled to be compensated for the overtime as provided by Subsection (f).

(c)

A member of a fire department who does not fight fires or provide emergency medical services, including a mechanic, clerk, investigator, inspector, fire marshal, fire alarm dispatcher, and maintenance worker, may not, except as provided by Subsection (d) or (f):

(1)

average more hours in a week than the number of hours in a normal work week of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters, fire fighter emergency medical personnel, and police officers; or

(2)

be on duty for more days in a work week or average more days on duty a week in a work cycle than the number of days on duty during the work week of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters, fire fighter emergency medical personnel, and police officers.

(d)

If a majority of the members of the fire department working as fire alarm dispatchers sign a written agreement with the municipality that allows the municipality to require or permit fire alarm dispatchers to average a specified number of hours of work a week that is more than the number of hours allowed under Subsection (c) but not more than an average of 46.7 hours a week during a 72-day work cycle designated by the department head, the municipality may adopt a work schedule for the members of the fire department working as fire alarm dispatchers in accordance with the agreement. If under Subsection (f) a member of a fire department working as a fire alarm dispatcher is required to work more than the number of hours allowed under the agreement, the person is entitled to be compensated for the overtime as provided by Subsection (f). Each agreement adopted under this subsection expires as provided by the agreement, but not later than the first anniversary of the date that the agreement takes effect. Subsection (c) applies when an agreement adopted under this subsection is not in effect.

(e)

In computing the hours in a work week or the average number of hours in a work week during a work cycle of a fire fighter or other member of a fire department as provided by Subsections (b)-(d), all hours are counted:

(1)

during which the fire fighter or other member of the fire department is required to remain available for immediate call to duty by continuously remaining in contact with a fire department office by telephone or by radio; and

(2)

that are sick time, vacation time, meal time, holidays, compensatory time, death in the family leave, or any other authorized leave.

(f)

A fire fighter or other member of a fire department may be required in an emergency to work more hours in a work week or work cycle than permitted under Subsection (b), (c), or (d). The fire fighter or other member of a fire department is entitled to be paid overtime for the excess hours worked without regard to the number of hours worked in any one week of the work cycle. Overtime hours are paid at a rate equal to 1-1/2 times the compensation paid to the fire fighter or other member of the fire department for regular hours.

(g)

A police officer may not, except as provided by Subsections (h) and (j), be required or permitted to work more hours during a calendar week than the number of hours in the normal work week of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters and police officers.

(h)

In the event of an emergency, a police officer may be required to work more hours than permitted by Subsection (g). An emergency is an unexpected happening or event or an unforeseen situation or crisis that calls for immediate action and requires the chief or head of the police department to order a police officer to work overtime.

(i)

A police officer required to work overtime in an emergency is entitled to be compensated for the overtime at a rate equal to 1-1/2 times the compensation paid to the officer for regular hours unless the officer elects, with the approval of the governing body of the municipality, to accept compensatory time equal to 1-1/2 times the number of overtime hours. In computing the hours in a work week or the average number of hours in a work week during a work cycle of a police officer, all hours are counted:

(1)

during which the police officer is required to remain on call on the employer’s premises or so close to those premises that the officer cannot use the time effectively for the officer’s own purposes; and

(2)

that are sick time, vacation time, meal time, holidays, compensatory time, death in the family leave, or any other authorized leave.

(j)

If a majority of police officers working for a municipality sign a written waiver of the prohibition in Subsection (g), the municipality may adopt a work schedule for police officers requiring a police officer to work more hours than permitted by Subsection (g). The officer is entitled to overtime pay if the officer works more hours during a calendar month than the number of hours in the normal work month of the majority of the employees of the municipality other than fire fighters and police officers.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1, Sec. 24(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 854, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 782, Sec. 1, eff. June 16, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 386, Sec. 1, eff. May 28, 1997.

Source: Section 142.0013 — Hours of Labor and Vacation of Members of Fire and Police Departments in Certain Municipalities, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.­142.­htm#142.­0013 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

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142.002
Two Platoon Fire System and Hours of Labor in Certain Municipalities
142.003
Hospital and Medical Assistance for Police Reserve Force
142.004
Payment of Hospitalization Costs for Peace Officers and Fire Fighters
142.005
Liability Insurance for Fire and Police Department Officers and Employees Driving Emergency Vehicles
142.006
Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance for Peace Officers and Fire Fighters
142.008
Salary Continuation Payments
142.009
Payment for Appearances of Fire Fighters and Police Officers in Court or Administrative Proceedings
142.010
Definitions
142.011
Educational Leave
142.012
Overtime Compensation for Certain Police Department Officers and Civilian Employees
142.0013
Hours of Labor and Vacation of Members of Fire and Police Departments in Certain Municipalities
142.013
Business Leave Time Account for Police Officers in Certain Municipalities
142.014
Business Leave Time Account for Firefighters in Certain Municipalities
142.051
Applicability
142.052
Definitions
142.053
Petition for Recognition: Election or Action by Governing Body
142.054
Certification Election
142.055
Election to Authorize Operating Under This Subchapter
142.056
Change or Modification of Recognition
142.057
Strikes Prohibited
142.058
Recognition of Police Officers Association
142.059
General Provisions Relating to Agreements
142.060
Selection of Bargaining Agent
142.061
Protected Rights of Police Officer
142.062
Open Records
142.063
Open Deliberations
142.064
Ratification and Enforceability of Agreement
142.065
Action or Election to Repeal Authorization to Operate Under This Subchapter
142.066
Election to Repeal Agreement
142.067
Agreement Supersedes Conflicting Provisions
142.068
Effect on Existing Benefits and Rights
142.101
Applicability
142.102
Definitions
142.103
Petition for Recognition: Election or Action by Governing Body
142.104
Certification Election
142.105
Election to Authorize Operating Under This Subchapter
142.106
Change or Modification of Recognition
142.107
Strikes Prohibited
142.108
Recognition of Firefighters Association
142.109
General Provisions Relating to Agreements
142.110
Selection of Bargaining Agent
142.111
Protected Rights of Firefighter
142.112
Open Records
142.113
Open Deliberations
142.114
Ratification and Enforceability of Agreement
142.115
Action or Election to Repeal Authorization to Operate Under This Subchapter
142.116
Election to Repeal Agreement
142.117
Agreement Supersedes Conflicting Provisions
142.118
Preemption of Other Law
142.119
Effect on Existing Benefits
142.151
Applicability
142.152
Definitions
142.153
General Provisions Relating to Agreements
142.154
Strikes Prohibited
142.155
Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Association
142.156
Election
142.157
Selection of Bargaining Agents
142.158
Open Records Required
142.159
Ratification and Enforceability of Agreement
142.160
Agreement Supersedes Conflicting Provisions
142.161
Repeal of Agreement by Electorate
142.162
Protected Rights of Individual Employees
142.163
Binding Interest Arbitration
142.1565
Election to Authorize Operating Under This Subchapter
142.1605
Action or Election to Repeal Authorization to Operate Under This Subchapter

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Jun. 5, 2024

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