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COVID-19 & Texas Law

This guide is updated to reflect information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information in this guide is subject to change at any time.



This page contains information on the following. Click the link to jump to each topic:

Employee Rights
Information on employee medical privacy, disability discrimination, and information on getting fired due to COVID-19.

Employee Medical Leave
Options for employees who need to take off work due to COVID-19.

Workplace Safety
Information on workplace safety requirements and employer liability.

Mask Policies at Stores or Businesses
Information on mask policies for customers and/or employees. Also see the Mask Laws page of this guide.

Information on current unemployment benefits for those who are out of work due to COVID-19.

Information for Employers
General employment law information related to COVID-19.

Employee Rights

Privacy, Health, Workplace Policies

Hiring & Firing

Employee Medical Leave

Medical Leave

Provisions Under the Families First Act

Workplace Safety


OSHA Guidelines

Mask Policies at Stores or Businesses

Policies for Customers

Governor Abbott's Executive Order No. GA-34 says that businesses and other establishments may require employees or customers to wear masks. It also allows law enforcement to enforce trespassing laws and remove individuals who refuse to wear a mask at a business that requires them. 

Policies for Employees

According to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (see FAQ G.2) an employer can require employees to wear protective gear (such as face coverings or gloves). Employees may make a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA or a religious accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (such as a modified mask that can be worn with a religious head covering). Employers should provide the modification or an alternative modification unless it would create an “undue hardship” for the employer.


Will I qualify for unemployment?

New Relief for Workers

Apply for Assistance

Information for Employers

Employment Law

Planning & Business Continuity

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