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Paid sick days ordinance drafted

Monday, January 22, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council Member Greg Casar announced Friday that a draft of the paid sick days ordinance is complete and ready for review. In a post on the City Council Message Board, Casar gave a brief history of the ordinance, which would mandate Austin employers give their employees paid sick leave. In the draft ordinance, employees would earn one hour of sick time leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 64 hours per year, though employers can also comply with the proposed law by creating a sick leave policy that exceeds those standards. City Council is scheduled to vote on the ordinance at its Feb. 15 meeting, with options to discuss it at the Jan. 30 and Feb. 13 work sessions. Casar said that there is also a plan to hold an “additional, optional work session available to all Council members to discuss this ordinance, which is tentatively set for Tuesday, February 6 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.”

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