In a compromise between the City of San Antonio and a coalition of local San Antonio employers that sued to block the implementation of the new paid sick leave ordinance, the City agreed to postpone the effective date of the ordinance from August 1, 2019 until December 1, 2019. The state district judge hearing the case entered an order staying implementation of the ordinance through December 1, 2019. The additional time may allow the appeal of a similar law passed by the the City of Austin, and struck down by a state district judge, to reach a conclusion. The outcome of the Austin the case will have a profound effect on whether San Antonio’s ordinance is lawful as the two statutes are nearly identical.
Meanwhile, a similar paid sick leave law passed by Dallas, Texas is still scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2019. Litigation is imminent and it remains unclear if Dallas’ law will take effect August 1, 2019.