Discipline and termination

State procedures

Are there state-specific laws on the procedures employers must follow with regard to discipline and grievance procedures?

No. Texas’s strong policy in favor of at-will employment means that progressive discipline is not required. 

At-will or notice

At-will status and/or notice period?

Texas has a strong at-will policy. Absent a specific written document, all employees are at-will. There is no notice period.

What restrictions apply to the above?

The Texas Labor Code generally tracks federal law. Additionally, it is unlawful in Texas to terminate an employee (even an at-will employee) for his or her refusal to perform an illegal act. There are many nuances to such a claim.

Final paychecks

Are there state-specific rules on when final paychecks are due after termination?

Yes. Written authorization is required for deductions from wages. Final pay is due to a discharged employee within six days of termination. For all other employees, final pay is due on the next regular payday.