Texas Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Austin Paid Sick Leave

By Kelsey Basten

Published on August 30, 2018

Austin’s new paid sick leave ordinance was temporarily blocked by a Texas appeals court Aug. 17, 2018.

Originally approved in February 2018 by the Austin City Council, the ordinance makes Austin the first city in Texas to enact a law requiring paid leave.

The ordinance requires employers to give employees one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employees accrue time at the start of employment and can carry unused time over at the end of the year.

The Austin paid sick leave ordinance allows employees to use the time for:

  • Physical and mental illness
  • Preventative treatment
  • Caring for family members experiencing any of the above

Originally scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, the ordinance was blocked due to several business organizations who argued it directly violates the Texas Minimum Wage Act and would cost employers too much to implement its requirements.

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