Earlier this year, the City of Austin passed the first local ordinance requiring employers in Austin to provide paid sick leave to its employees. The law was scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2018. Late last week, the Austin Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay of the ordinance while the Texas Association of Business’ interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s denial of an application for temporary injunction is heard. This will likely stay enforcement of the ordinance for several months and could extend past the October 1, 2018 effective date.
Meanwhile, San Antonio recently passed a similar sick pay ordinance. The Texas Legislature is likely to consider bills prohibiting local municipalities from passing such ordinances when it convenes in Summer 2019.
The Court’s order can be downloaded here.