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Temporary Injunction Extends the Battle over Austin's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
by Tony Stergio and Andy Clark   The City of  Austin’s Paid Sick Leave ordinance, originally scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2018, has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

Today, the Texas Third District Court of Appeals ordered that the ordinance should not take effect until a final hearing on the enforceability of the ordinance can be held.  While this was not a final order, the Court firmly held that the ordinance is in conflict with the State’s Minimum Wage Act as it effectively establishes a new, higher minimum wage for the City of Austin.

While employers wait for a permanent decision on the ordinance - possibly from the Texas Supreme Court - they should pay attention to a bill that was filed in the Texas Legislature on November 12, 2018. If enacted, that bill would overturn the paid sick leave ordinance in Austin, as well as a similar paid sick leave mandate in San Antonio that is scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2019.
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