Both Dallas and San Antonio recently passed city laws mandating paid sick leave. However, the status of these municipal ordinances remains unclear. Austin attempted to pass a similar sick pay ordinance in 2018 that was ultimately shot down.
What does this mean for small business owners in Texas? We believe even if the Dallas and San Antonio ordinances don't receive full approval the momentum is there for this to eventually happen across our state.
Are you prepared for this ordinance? Will this ordinance effect you? Here are some facts you need to know.
Even though the Dallas and San Antonio laws could be challenged in court, you need to be aware of them because the timing is approaching quickly.
Who Does This Ordinance Apply To?
All employers in Dallas or San Antonio with more than five employees.
When Does The Law Go Into Effect?
August 1, 2019.
What Are The Basics Of The Ordinances?
The Dallas and San Antonio ordinances are mostly identical. The ordinances apply to all employers, including private employers, other than the federal, state, and city governments. Both ordinances require that employers with more than 15 employees provide employees with up to 64 hours (8 days) of paid sick leave per year, which must accrue at a rate of 1 hour per every 30 hours worked in the respective city (Dallas or San Antonio).
You can read more details here: How to Navigate the Dallas and San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Ordinances
The important thing to know to is that as an employer you need to be prepared for these new ordinances. There will be penalties for failure to comply. Don't let that happen to you.
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