Earlier this year, Austin became the first city in Texas to pass a local paid sick leave law (Austin Takes Lead as First City in Texas to Require Paid Sick Leave). This law requires employers to give employees one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked. The paid sick leave law was to take effect on October 1, 2018.
Shortly after the law was passed, a lawsuit was filed to enjoin (i.e. prevent from going into effect) the new paid sick leave law. On August 17, 2018, a Texas court granted the injunction.
What does this mean for employers in Austin?
The granting of the injunction means that the Austin paid sick leave law will NOT go into effect on October 1, 2018. The law could go into effect at a later date. We will keep an eye on this and update employers on any developments.
What does this mean for employers in San Antonio?
As we reported earlier this week (NEW LAW – San Antonio Passes Local Paid Sick Leave Ordinance), San Antonio also recently passed a local paid sick leave law. While the injunction on the Austin law does not have any impact on the San Antonio law, the granting of the injunction may inspire similar legal action in San Antonio.