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Texas Passes Discrimination Law on Leave for Foster Child Care

Law Effective September 1, 2017

Under a new law in Texas, effective September 1, 2017, an employer with 15 or more employees (among other entities) commits an unlawful employment practice if:

  • The employer administers a leave policy under which an employee is entitled to personal leave to care for or otherwise assist the employee's sick child; and
  • The leave policy described by the bullet above does not treat in the same manner as an employee's biological or adopted minor child any foster child of the employee who: resides in the same household as the employee; and is under the conservatorship of the state Department of Family and Protective Services.

The law applies only to a claim of discrimination based on conduct that occurs on or after September 1, 2017. A claim of discrimination based on conduct that occurred before September 1, 2017 is governed by the law in effect on the date the conduct occurred, and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.

Click here to read the text of the law.

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