In our previous post, we introduced the city of Austin’s proposed sick leave ordinance, which the city council approved at last week’s meeting. Gardere’s Fred Sultan, a member of the labor and employment group in Austin, provides an update:
In the early hours of Feb. 16, Austin became the first city in Texas to require employers provide paid sick leave to their employees—whether full or part time. Any employer that has an employee in Austin—or even an employee elsewhere who spends some time working in Austin—should pay attention.
Here’s what you need to know right now:Employees Covered: Any employee who works in Austin for at least 80 hours per calendar year will be required to receive paid sick leave and their employer must meet the ordinance’s other requirements for Austin employees. Effective Date: For those who employ more than 5 employees, the ordinance comes into effect on… Continue Reading