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October 22, 2020

Dallas, Texas sick leave ordinance effective date delayed until further notice; Austin and San Antonio sick leave laws also on hold

The city of Dallas announced that the effective date of its paid sick leave ordinance continues to be delayed indefinitely due to an injunction requested by state Attorney General Ken Paxton along with several businesses and ordered by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan. As a result, the Dallas paid sick leave will not be enforced at this time.

The ordinance was originally effective August 1, 2019, for employers with six or more employees. For employers of fewer than six employees, the ordinance was scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2021.

Dallas lawsuit follows San Antonio and Austin legal challenges

Austin was the first Texas city to pass a paid sick leave ordinance, followed by San Antonio and Dallas.As we reported, Austin's paid sick leave ordinance was placed on hold due to pending litigation. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is reporting that Austin's request for review was denied by the Texas Supreme Court.

San Antonio's paid sick leave ordinance continues to be on hold due to the lawsuit filed by a city business coalition. The city of San Antonio announced that the ordinance would not go into effect until court challenges are resolved.

Texas state legislators had vowed to pass legislation in 2019 that would preempt Texas cities/localities from enforcing paid sick leave ordinances; however, the legislative session adjourned before the law could be enacted.There is no regular Texas legislative session in 2020.


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