Sec. 659.025: Use of Compensatory Time By Certain Emergency Services Personnel; Optional Overtime Payment

(a) In this section, "emergency services personnel" includes firefighters, police officers and other peace officers, emergency medical technicians, emergency management personnel, and other individuals who are required, in the course and scope of their employment, to provide services for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations.

(b) This section applies only to a state employee who is emergency services personnel, who is not subject to the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. Section 201 et seq.), and who is not an employee of the legislature, including an employee of the lieutenant governor or of a legislative agency.

(c) Notwithstanding Section 659.016 or any other law, an employee to whom this section applies may be allowed to take compensatory time off during the 18-month period following the end of the workweek in which the compensatory time was accrued.

(d) Notwithstanding Section 659.016 or any other law, the administrative head of a state agency that employs an employee to whom this section applies may pay the employee overtime at the employee's regular hourly salary rate for all or part of the hours of compensatory time off accrued by the employee during a declared disaster in the preceding 18-month period. The administrative head shall reduce the employee's compensatory time balance by one hour for each hour the employee is paid overtime under this section.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 534 (S.B. 1474), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280 (H.B. 1831), Sec. 4.01, eff. September 1, 2009.