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San Antonio facing sick leave challenge

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Apparently following the lead of Austin businesses that objected to the city’s required sick leave ordinance, a group of San Antonio businesses have filed suit challenging their city’s attempt to require employers to provide sick leave. Austin’s ordinance was never implemented because of a lawsuit, and the same may be true of San Antonio’s ordinance. Last November, the 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled that Austin’s ordinance violates the state constitution because it is in conflict with the Texas minimum wage law. The city of Austin has asked the Texas Supreme Court to overturn that ruling and restore the ordinance.  Meanwhile, San Antonio’s ordinance is set to take effect Aug. 1. However, business groups, including the Associated Builders & Contractors of South Texas and the San Antonio Restaurant Association, have filed a lawsuit to prevent that from happening. The San Antonio Express-News reported Wednesday that the head of CPS Energy, San Antonio’s city-owned utility, announced that she is stepping down as chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce because of the lawsuit. Paula Gold-Williams said she had decided to leave the chamber because “it is not helpful for me to be in the middle of a serious and formalized legal conflict between CPS Energy’s parent organization and its customers.”

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