July 23, 2024

City council votes for businesses to provide paid sick leave

The San Antonio City Council voted 9-2 in favor of approving a city ordinance that will require businesses who are operating in the city of San Antonio to pay out sick time to employees. This comes with the exception of government entities and school districts.

The ordinance was a win for the Texans for Paid Sick Leave Coalition who had gathered more than 100,000 signatures in a petition drive.

The ordinance states that employees must earn at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 minutes worked. Employees at small businesses with 15 employees or less will earn at least 6 paid days or 48 hours of paid sick leave. Unused sick leave could roll over but employers have the option to cap off the maximum available amount of sick leave from 48 to 64 hours depending on the employers size. Also, an employer has the ability to restrict employees from using earned sick paid time off on more than 8 calendar days a year.

The San Antonio Metro Health District will be the department in charge of enforcing the paid sick leave ordinance with area businesses. Those who don’t comply will be fined $500 per violation.

The state of Texas legislature or the courts plans to fight back the ordinances that San Antonio and Austin had passed. Austin had passed a similar ordnance which was approved in February.

If the state doesn’t intervene, the ordinance will be going into effect on January 1, 2019.