HB 978 by Burnam/Watson - Relating to the employment rights of certain individuals with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush to expand the definition of the word "disability." This bill amends the Labor Code to reflect changes in federal law made by the ADAAA, such as extending nondiscrimination protections to individuals who have an impairment that is episodic or in remission when the impairment substantially limits a major life activity when it is active, and individuals whose impairment is ameliorated by mitigating measures (e.g., medications, hearing aids), except for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
HB 1043 by Orr/Nelson-Relating to the creation of business opportunities for certain former foster children. HB 1043 establishes an employment preference at state agencies, including institutions of higher education, for individuals who were in the state foster care system on the day before they turn 18 years of age. The preference applies when two or more applicants vie for the same position, and only prefers the former foster youth if the other applicants do not have a greater qualification. The employment preference applies only to individuals age 25 or younger.
HB 1462 by Pickett/Uresti - Relating to leave for certain state employees who volunteer or participate in training for Court Appointed Special Advocates. HB 1462 would grant up to 5 hours per month of time off from work without reduction in pay or leave to state employees (including higher education employees) who volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. Court Appointed Special Advocates is an organization that trains and organizes volunteers who are appointed by judges to oversee and advocate for abused and neglected children as they move through the legal and social service systems.
HB 1831 by Corte/Carona - Relating to disaster preparedness and emergency management and to certain vehicles used in emergencies. Article 4 of the bill includes provisions for state employees (including higher education employees) who are emergency services personnel, who are not subject to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, to take compensatory time off during the 18-months period following the end of the work week in which the emergency compensatory time was accrued or may receive overtime for all or part of the hours of compensatory time accrued during the declared disaster.
SB 833 by Carona/Turner, C. - Relating to the accrual of vacation and sick leave for certain state employees during a military leave of absence and to the eligibility of military service members to hold state office. Section 1 of the bill amends the Government Code to allow a state employee (including higher education employees) to continue to accrue vacation and sick leave while on unpaid leave of absence for military duty.
Section 2 of the bill amends the Government Code by authorizing an officer or enlisted member of the state military forces to hold other civil offices. This section will take effect on January 1, 2010, only if the constitutional amendment proposed by the 81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009, authorizing an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices, is approved by the voters.
SB 2298 by Watson/Farabee - Relating to compensation of certain state employees. SB 2298 amends Section 659.018, Government Code related to compensatory time; the legislation creates an exception to authorize an employee (including higher education employees) to accumulate compensatory time off for hours worked during any calendar week at the employee's personal residence if the employee obtains the advance approval of the administrative head of the agency for which the employee works or that person's designee. The bill also deletes existing text prohibiting the employee's personal residence from being considered the employee's regular or temporarily assigned place of employment.
SB 2298 also removes the six month waiting period required between one-time merit payments for state and higher education employees who are paid a one-time merit for performance during a disaster.