UPDATE: On July 19, 2019, San Antonio officials agreed to postpone the effective date of the ordinance until December 1st in response to a lawsuit from business groups. Stay tuned for more details as negotiations play out to fine tune the ordinance.
The City of San Antonio recently passed a sick leave ordinance that goes into effect starting August 1, 2019. Medium or large employers (those with more than 15 employees) are required to comply if they have employees working within the San Antonio city limits. Small employers (15 or fewer employees) must comply by August 1, 2021.
If you already have a sick leave policy in place that exceeds the requirements of the ordinance, then you don’t have to do anything. Otherwise, it’s recommended that you update the sick leave section of your employee handbook to comply. If you don’t have an employee handbook, provide employees with a copy of the ordinance.
For more information, review the City of San Antonio ordinance here.
Note: Dallas has adopted a very similar ordinance to San Antonio.
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