Wednesday, September 25, 2019

San Antonio Has One Last Chance on Wednesday to Sound Off on Changes to Paid Sick Time Rules

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 9:59 AM

click to enlarge Union members and progressive activists gather outside of city council chambers last year to urge support of a paid sick time ordinance. - SANFORD NOWLIN
  • Sanford Nowlin
  • Union members and progressive activists gather outside of city council chambers last year to urge support of a paid sick time ordinance.
On Wednesday, San Antonio residents have one last opportunity to speak up on proposed revisions to the city’s paid sick leave ordinance.

The city will hold its second and final public input meeting on the changes at 6 p.m. at El Progreso Hall, 1306 Guadalupe St. Council is expected to vote next week whether to approve them.

Residents can also weigh in via an online poll.

The suggested revisions to the ordinance came after a review by a 13-member panel of business groups, progressive activists and labor attorneys. The city assembled the panel after business interests sued to stop the ordinance, originally scheduled to go into effect August 1.

The city's move was intended to gain buy-in from the business community and make the ordinance more likely to weather future legal challenges.

The proposed rule changes include:
  • Switching the name of the ordinance to Sick and Safe Leave.
  • Requiring businesses to provide a baseline accrual of 56 hours of sick time for all workers.
  • Making the regulation apply equally to all businesses, regardless of size.
  • Getting rid of an implementation delay for businesses with five or fewer employees.
More than one in three San Antonio workers don't have paid sick leave, according to a study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, which used U.S. Census data.

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