In order to use Vacation time, a benefits eligible employee must have at least 6 months of continuous Texas State Service. Employees with less than 6 months continuous state service, continue to accrue vacation time but CANNOT use it until they reach the 6 month mark. Employees must actually have accrued the leave before they can take it and their vacation balance at the time the leave is to start, must be equal or greater than the hours of leave they are requesting. An employee who is on paid leave on the first workday of a month may not take vacation leave accrued for that month until the employee has returned to duty. Requests to use vacation time require management approval.