Employee Relations is responsible for the administration of the Agency's policies concerning:
Alcohol/Drug Free Workplace
TDCJ has implemented an Alcohol and Drug Testing Program that is managed by the Agency's Substance Control Officer. This program includes pre-employment/pre-assignment drug testing, reasonable suspicion alcohol/drug testing, return to duty alcohol/drug testing and follow-up alcohol/drug testing. As a condition of employment, all new employees will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug test, prior to being hired by the Agency.
The Agency's commitment to a Drug Free Workplace is detailed in PD-17. The policy for the Commercial Driver's Alcohol/Drug Testing Program is provided in PD-37. Agency Policy is also available on Info-Pac or from Unit/Departmental Human Resources Representatives.
Any questions regarding the Drug/Alcohol Program may be directed to (936) 437 3171.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Employment of Persons with a Permanent Medical Condition
TDCJ commits to the perpetuation of non-discriminatory employment practices for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. It is the policy of the Agency that no qualified individual will be discriminated against due to disability in regards to recruitment or recruitment advertising, selection, placement, layoff or termination, upgrading, demotion or transfer, training, participation in upward mobility programs, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, use of facilities or other terms and conditions of employment.
The Agency's commitment to employment of persons with disabilities is detailed in PD-14, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Employment of Persons with a Permanent Medical Condition. For more information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act Program, contact Intake or the ADA Coordinator at (936) 437-3103.
A request for an accommodation based on deeply held religious beliefs is detailed in PD-15, Religious Accommodations in the Workplace. For more information, contact the Religious Accommodations Coordinator at (936) 437-3103.
The policy of the Agency is to administer employee discipline in a consistent and fair manner. The Agency has established a progressive discipline system designed to correct behavior or improve performance.
Agency procedures specific to the Discipline Process are provided in PD-22. Agency Policy is also available on Info-Pac or from Unit/Departmental Human Resources Representatives.
Newly hired employees receive a PD-22 Excerpt consisting of:
(1) employees' general rules of conduct; (2) the violation level for each rule; and (3) the range of disciplinary actions for each violation level. The PD-22 Excerpt is also placed in employee common-use areas.
For questions or assistance with the discipline procedure, please call the Discipline office at (936) 437 3151.
Dispute Resolution is designed to provide a method of resolution of employment-related complaints between two individuals in a timely and informal manner. This process is available to employees and Wardens/Department Heads who want to resolve employment-related disputes, other than dismissal recommendations, through a structured process that is designed to facilitate communications between employees.
Dispute Resolution can be a voluntary or an involuntary process. A Warden/Department Head may direct the disputing employees to participate in this process to resolve a work-related issue. To request or obtain more information relating to Dispute Resolution, call (936) 437-4240.
Dispute Resolution is detailed in PD-35. Agency Policy is also available on Info-Pac or from Unit/Departmental Human Resources Representatives.
Employees may submit a grievance about any employment-related matter such as wages, hours, or working conditions.
Grievances must be submitted on the appropriate form and given to the Human Resources Representative at the unit or department of employment.
The Grievance Procedure is detailed in PD-30. Agency Policy is also available on Info-Pac or from Departmental Human Resource Specialists.
Contact Intake or Grievance with questions or for assistance at (936) 437 4240.
Independent Dismissal Mediation
Independent Dismissal Mediation is an option for employees who have been recommended for dismissal, including new employees attending the Agency's Pre-Service Training Academy.