San Antonio Passes New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

By Kelsey Basten

Published on September 6, 2018

The San Antonio City Council passed a new paid sick leave ordinance Aug. 16, 2018, joining Austin as the second major city in Texas with a paid leave law.

Under this ordinance, employees of large employers (more than 15 employees) can accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year. Small employers (15 or less employees) must allow employees to accrue at least 48 hours per year.

Employees can accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, using it for:

  • Personal or a close family member’s illness or injury
  • When the employee or a family member is a victim of stalking, domestic abuse or sexual assault
  • Other medical, mental or preventative care

The new ordinance is will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

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