Tex. Local Gov't Code Section 143.045
Accumulation and Payment of Sick Leave


(a)

A permanent or temporary fire fighter or police officer is allowed sick leave with pay accumulated at the rate of 1-1/4 full working days for each full month employed in a calendar year, so as to total 15 working days to a person’s credit each 12 months.

(b)

A fire fighter or police officer may accumulate sick leave without limit and may use the leave if unable to work because of a bona fide illness. If an ill fire fighter or police officer exhausts the sick leave and can conclusively prove that the illness was incurred in the performance of duties, an extension of sick leave shall be granted.

(c)

Except as otherwise provided by Section 143.116 (Payment of Sick Leave on Termination of Service), a fire fighter or police officer who leaves the classified service for any reason is entitled to receive in a lump-sum payment the full amount of the person’s salary for accumulated sick leave if the person has accumulated not more than 90 days of sick leave. If a fire fighter or police officer has accumulated more than 90 working days of sick leave, the person’s employer may limit payment to the amount that the person would have received if the person had been allowed to use 90 days of accumulated sick leave during the last six months of employment. The lump-sum payment is computed by compensating the fire fighter or police officer for the accumulated time at the highest permanent pay classification for which the person was eligible during the last six months of employment. The fire fighter or police officer is paid for the same period for which the person would have been paid if the person had taken the sick leave but does not include additional holidays and any sick leave or vacation time that the person might have accrued during the 90 days.

(d)

To facilitate the settlement of the accounts of deceased fire fighters and police officers, all unpaid compensation, including all accumulated sick leave, due at the time of death to an active fire fighter or police officer who dies as a result of a line-of-duty injury or illness, shall be paid to the persons in the first applicable category of the following prioritized list:

(1)

to the beneficiary or beneficiaries the fire fighter or police officer designated in writing to receive the compensation and filed with the commission before the person’s death;

(2)

to the fire fighter’s or police officer’s widow or widower;

(3)

to the fire fighter’s or police officer’s child or children and to the descendants of a deceased child, by representation;

(4)

to the fire fighter’s or police officer’s parents or to their survivors; or

(5)

to the properly appointed legal representative of the fire fighter’s or police officer’s estate, or in the absence of a representative, to the person determined to be entitled to the payment under the state law of descent and distribution.

(e)

Payment of compensation to a person in accordance with Subsection (d) is a bar to recovery by another person.
Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Source: Section 143.045 — Accumulation and Payment of Sick Leave, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.­143.­htm#143.­045 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

143.001
Purpose
143.002
Municipalities Covered by Chapter
143.003
Definitions
143.004
Election to Adopt or Repeal Chapter
143.005
Status of Employees if Chapter Adopted
143.006
Implementation: Commission
143.007
Removal of Commission Member
143.008
Adoption and Publication of Rules
143.009
Commission Investigations and Inspections
143.010
Commission Appeal Procedure
143.011
Decisions and Records
143.012
Director
143.013
Appointment and Removal of Department Head
143.014
Appointment and Removal of Person Classified Immediately Below Department Head
143.015
Appeal of Commission Decision to District Court
143.016
Penalty for Violation of Chapter
143.021
Classification
143.022
Physical Requirements and Examinations
143.023
Eligibility for Beginning Position
143.024
Entrance Examination Notice
143.025
Entrance Examinations
143.026
Procedure for Filling Beginning Positions
143.027
Probationary Period
143.028
Eligibility for Promotion
143.029
Promotional Examination Notice
143.030
Eligibility for Fire Department Promotional Examination
143.031
Eligibility for Police Department Promotional Examination
143.032
Promotional Examination Procedure
143.033
Promotional Examination Grades
143.034
Review and Appeal of Promotional Examination
143.035
Alternate Promotional System in Police Department
143.036
Procedure for Making Promotional Appointments
143.037
Record of Certification and Appointment
143.038
Temporary Duties in Higher Classification
143.041
Salary
143.042
Assignment Pay
143.043
Field Training Officer Assignment Pay
143.045
Accumulation and Payment of Sick Leave
143.046
Vacations
143.047
Shift Differential Pay
143.0051
Status of Employees in Certain Fire Departments
143.051
Cause for Removal or Suspension
143.0052
Fee for Emergency Medical Services
143.052
Disciplinary Suspensions
143.053
Appeal of Disciplinary Suspension
143.054
Demotions
143.055
Uncompensated Duty of Police Officers
143.056
Procedures After Felony Indictment or Misdemeanor Complaint
143.057
Hearing Examiners
143.071
Leaves of Absence
143.072
Military Leave of Absence
143.073
Line of Duty Illness or Injury Leave of Absence
143.074
Reappointment After Recovery from Disability
143.075
Military Leave Time Accounts
143.081
Determination of Physical and Mental Fitness
143.082
Efficiency Reports
143.083
Emergency Appointment of Temporary Fire Fighters
143.084
Civil Service Status and Pension Benefits for Certain Fire Fighters
143.085
Force Reduction and Reinstatement List
143.086
Political Activities
143.087
Strike Prohibition
143.088
Unlawful Resignation or Retirement
143.089
Personnel File
143.090
Release of Photographs of Police Officers
143.102
Appointment of Assistant Chief
143.103
Specialized Police Divisions
143.104
Examination Procedure
143.105
Eligibility for Beginning Position in Police Department
143.106
Eligibility for Fire Department Promotional Examination
143.107
Promotional Examination Notice
143.108
Promotional Examination Grades
143.109
Crossover Promotions in Police Department
143.110
Salary
143.111
Temporary Duties in Higher Classification
143.112
Educational Incentive Pay
143.113
Assignment Pay
143.115
Payment of Accumulated Vacation Leave in Populous Municipality
143.116
Payment of Sick Leave on Termination of Service
143.117
Disciplinary Suspensions
143.118
Appeal of Disciplinary Suspension
143.119
Indefinite Suspensions
143.120
Appeal of Indefinite Suspension
143.121
Appeal to District Court
143.122
Uncompensated Duty
143.123
Investigation of Fire Fighters and Police Officers
143.124
Polygraph Examinations
143.125
Police Department Probationary Period After Reappointment in Populous Municipality
143.126
Legislative Leave
143.127
Grievance Procedure
143.128
Step I Grievance Procedure
143.129
Step Ii Grievance Procedure
143.130
Step Iii Grievance Procedure
143.131
Step Iv Grievance Procedure
143.132
Grievance Examiner
143.133
Special Provisions for Steps I and Ii
143.134
Miscellaneous Grievance Provisions
143.135
Mediation
143.201
Population
143.202
Definitions
143.203
General Provisions Relating to Agreements, Recognition, and Strikes
143.204
Recognition of Fire Fighter Association
143.205
Open Records Required
143.206
Enforceability of Agreement
143.207
Agreement Supersedes Conflicting Provisions
143.208
Repeal of Agreement by Electorate
143.209
Protected Rights of Individual Employees
143.0251
Reappointment After Resignation
143.301
Municipalities Covered by Subchapter
143.302
Definitions
143.303
General Provisions Relating to Agreements, Recognition, and Strikes
143.304
Recognition of Fire Fighters or Police Officers Association
143.305
Open Records Required
143.306
Enforceability of Agreement
143.307
Agreement Supersedes Conflicting Provisions
143.308
Repeal of Agreement by Electorate
143.309
Protected Rights of Individual Employees
143.310
Binding Interest Arbitration
143.311
Appointments to Classification Immediately Below Department Head
143.312
Investigation of Fire Fighters and Police Officers
143.313
Polygraph Examinations
143.351
Applicability
143.352
Definitions
143.353
General Provisions Relating to Agreements, Recognition, and Strikes
143.354
Recognition of Police Employee Group
143.358
Open Records Required
143.359
Enforceability of Agreement
143.360
Election to Ratify Agreement
143.361
Agreement Supersedes Conflicting Provisions
143.362
Repeal of Agreement by Electorate
143.363
Protected Rights of Individual Employees
143.401
Applicability
143.402
Election to Adopt or Repeal Subchapter
143.403
Status of Employees if Subchapter Adopted
143.1014
Notice Requirement for Certain Meetings or Hearings
143.1015
Commission Appeal Procedure
143.1016
Hearing Examiners
143.1017
Procedures After Felony Indictment or Other Crime of Moral Turpitude
143.1018
Ex Parte Communications
143.1041
Entrance Examination for Beginning Peace Officer Position in Police Department
143.1051
Eligibility for Beginning Position in Fire Department
143.1055
Applicant for Beginning Position in Police Department with Previous Experience
143.1095
Transfers in Position in Same Classification in Fire Department
143.1115
Determination of Physical and Mental Fitness
143.1155
Accumulated Vacation and Holiday Leave
143.1214
Records Related to Disciplinary Actions or Charges of Misconduct
143.1215
Reinstatement
143.1216
Certain Nondisciplinary Actions
143.1251
Reappointment After Resignation
143.1261
Legislative Leave Account
143.3015
Limitation on Municipalities Covered by Subchapter: Voter Approval

Accessed:
Jun. 5, 2024

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