Labor Law — Program Overview

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The Labor Law program includes the Texas Payday Law, which allows employees to file wage claims for unpaid wages or compensation, and the Texas Child Labor Law, which ensures that a child is not employed in an occupation or manner that is detrimental to the child's safety, health, or well-being. The program also includes disseminating information on the Texas Minimum Wage Act.

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The payday, child labor, and minimum wage laws benefit both the employer and employee.

An individual who believes he or she is owed compensation by an employer may file a Wage ClaimPDF. A person who believes a child labor violation has occurred may file a Child Labor ComplaintPDF.

Job seekers and employees can find more information about labor law at Employee Rights & Laws. Employers can get more information at Employment Law.

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Authority & Funding

The Texas Payday Law provides a process for receiving, adjudicating and enforcing wage claims. The current provisions of Both employees and employers should be aware of the law so they will know the rights and responsibilities which are conferred on them by the law.

The purpose of the Texas Child Labor Law is to ensure that a child is not employed in an occupation or manner that is detrimental to the child's safety, health, or well-being. The Commission or its designee may, during working hours, inspect a place of business where there is good reason to believe a child is or has been employed within the last two years and collect information about the employment of children there. Knowingly or intentionally hindering such an investigation is a violation of the law.

The Texas Labor Code and the Texas Administrative Code govern the Labor Law Program under these specific sections:

The administration of these programs is paid for by state funds.

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Tips & Guides

Wage Claim Filing instructions for employees and a handbook and newsletter covering issues and interests of Texas employers.


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