Texas Payday Law - Coverage

The Texas Payday Law applies only to employees, not to independent contractors (section 61.001(3)(B)). It covers only private employers; it does not cover governmental employers, i.e., a public employee who has a wage complaint may not file a wage claim under the TPL (see Section 61.003). Unlike many other employment laws, the TPL has no limitations on business size, nature of the business, or number of employees (section 61.001(4)). It applies to any situation in which someone has hired someone else to perform any kind of work for pay under the kind of direction and control that would normally establish an employment relationship. Under current law, there is no limit on the dollar amount of the wage claim that an employee or ex-employee may file.

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