What are Texas wage and labor laws?


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In Texas, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and with some restrictions, tips and the value of lodging and meals may count toward the minimum wage requirements. It is illegal to hire any worker under the age of 14 and a child's job must not interfere with his or her education, according to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

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In Texas, most businesses are regulated by state law and only those covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act fall under federal control. Businesses are encouraged to follow the stricter guidelines when in doubt.

Children may not work in a dangerous or hazardous environment. Although employing a child under the age of 14 is illegal, kids can work as performers in the theater or on the radio or in films. However, certain restrictions apply to these child labor laws.

Other wage laws state that an employee must be paid at the place of employment during working hours, mailed to the employee's address, or through direct deposit. Employees must be paid for all time worked, including training or meetings. However, employers in Texas are not required to provide sick pay, vacation pay or holiday pay.

Texas allows employers to set their own paydays and employees who quit must be paid on the next regular payday, according to the TWC. Terminated employees must be paid within six days of their termination date.

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