San Antonio Ordinance Mandates Paid Sick Leave

On Aug. 16, 2018, the San Antonio City Council voted 9-2 to require private employers to offer paid sick leave to employees. The ordinance would require employers to provide employees with one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Eligible employees would be those that work at least 80 hours of work for pay within the City of San Antonio. Those hours could be used for the employee’s illness or to care for a sick family member, and employees may use the hours as soon as they are accrued. The ordinance would take effect beginning Aug. 1, 2019 for employers with more than five employees and on Aug. 1, 2021 for employers with five or fewer employees.

Keep in mind that state congressional members have vowed to fight individual municipality paid sick leave laws in Texas. Austin passed a similar ordinance earlier this year, and that ordinance is currently on hold pending litigation. San Antonio employers should continue to follow the developments on this ordinance as they become available.

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