Telecommuting and breastfeeding

Other bills of interest

TPEA’s primary advocacy focus is on matters related to compensation and benefits, but there were additional bills of interest to the state workforce.

  • SB 1032 by Sen. Kirk Watson (D–Austin) would have allowed for more flexibility for state agency heads to adopt work-from-home/telecommuting policies. Rep. Celia Israel (D–Austin) was the author of a House companion. TPEA registered its support for this bill and applauded Rep. Israel and Sen. Watson for recognizing the changing nature of the workplace and identifying creative solutions to reduce traffic congestion. Both represent great numbers of state employee constituents. Status: Vetoed.
  • SB 1968 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R–Houston) would have eliminated payroll deduction of membership dues to labor unions and other public employee organizations. Status: Died in committee.
  • HB 786 by Rep. Armando Walle (D–Houston) establishes a right for public employees to express breast milk in the workplace and requires public employers to make certain accommodations for employees who need to express milk. Status: Signed into law; effective Sept. 1, 2015.
  • HB 1771 by Rep. John Raney (R–Bryan) allows state employees to donate all or part of their accrued sick leave to another employee within the same state agency. Status: Signed into law; effective Sept. 1, 2015.
  • HB 3337 by Rep. Travis Clardy (R–Nacogdoches) requires state agencies to establish rules for employee tuition reimbursement payments, thus increasing transparency and accountability. Status: Signed into law; effective Sept. 1, 2015.