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Paid Sick Leave

The global coronavirus outbreak continues to upend life as we know it, making an indelible mark on the economy worldwide. What could this threat mean for San Antonio?


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City councils in San Antonio, Dallas and Austin have all passed different versions of paid sick time ordinances. But in San Antonio and Austin, those policies are tied up in court, and Dallas could face an injunction before the city starts enforcing its ordinance in April. With cases of the highly contagious coronavirus on the rise, many advocates say those policies are more critical now than ever before.

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A Bexar County judge has temporarily blocked the start of San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave ordinance which was set to begin on Dec. 1.

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A San Antonio ordinance allowing workers to earn paid sick leave is now in the hands of a Bexar County District judge. The Sick and Safe Leave ordinance is set to go into effect on Dec. 1 unless the judge grants an injunction.

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San Antonio City Council recently approved revisions to the city’s controversial sick leave ordinance, which will affect close to 354,000 workers. Regardless of size, all businesses operating within city limits will be required to offer sick time to their employees as of December 1.


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The San Antonio City Council approved changes to its embattled sick leave ordinance on Thursday.

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The city’s paid sick time ordinance may get a new name and policies under revisions proposed by a city commission.

District judge delays San Antonio’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to December. It was set to start next Thursday, August 1.
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San Antonio’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will be delayed for four months.


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A Bexar County judge has postponed a request to delay the implementation of San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance.

Business groups suing over the ordinance and the city requested the delay late Friday.  MOVE Texas and the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) intervened in hopes of stopping the request. Judge Monique Diaz agreed with TOP’s attorneys who argued they didn’t have enough time to prepare for Monday’s hearing.  

The decision is a temporary pause and will be considered on Wednesday – the day the full lawsuit is scheduled to be considered.

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A Bexar County judge has initially denied a request to delay the implementation of San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance to December. Judge Monique Diaz decided intervenors — the Texas Organizing Project — did not have enough time to prepare for today’s hearing.

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