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Austin to appeal state court’s hold on paid sick leave ordinance

Friday, September 7, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

The city of Austin is appealing a state court’s decision to put on hold the city’s paid sick leave ordinance, which was set to go into effect Oct. 1.

A state appeals court ruled last month that the law couldn’t be enforced until the merits of the case were heard.

City Council members approved the ordinance in February. It requires private employers to give workers six to eight days of paid sick time, depending on the size of the business. (Employers with fewer than six employees are exempt.)

The law was challenged by business groups, including the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined the lawsuit after it was filed. Despite warnings from Paxton to other cities, San Antonio last month passed its own paid sick leave ordinance, which is set to begin next year.

A city spokesperson Thursday said Austin would file its challenge later that day.

This story was produced as part of the Austin Monitor’s reporting partnership with KUT. Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT.

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