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Judge’s Decision Halts Dallas from Enforcing Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Texas employers no longer must provide paid sick leave to their employees in Dallas following the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Sean D. Jordan. ESI/Employee Solutions LP et al. v. City of Dallas et al., No. 4:19-cv-00570 (E.D. Tex. Mar. 30, 2020). The decision was released two days before enforcement of the Dallas Paid... Continue Reading
March 31, 2020

Texas Paid Sick Leave Update: San Antonio, Dallas, Austin

The state of city-driven efforts to pass paid sick and safe leave laws in Texas remains in flux. Those monitoring the issue will know the cities of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio have passed paid sick and safe leave laws, with business coalitions in each city mounting legal challenges. As a result of the uncertainty... Continue Reading
November 25, 2019

Considerations in Selecting an Investigator

A threshold issue in any internal investigation is the selection of an investigator.  A number of considerations will guide a company’s decision. Internal or External Investigator There are several factors to consider in selecting an investigator, and practical considerations frequently indicate that the investigation be conducted by an internal investigator.  However, employers often opt to...… Continue Reading
September 19, 2019

Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Faces Legal Challenge

Today two plaintiffs represented by the Texas Public Policy Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging the Dallas paid sick and safe leave ordinance, which is scheduled to go into effect on August 1. It remains to be determined whether the implementation date will be officially delayed – either through a preliminary injunction or by agreement. The...… Continue Reading The post Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Faces Legal Challenge appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
July 30, 2019

San Antonio May Delay Paid Sick Leave Implementation to December 1; Dallas Remains on Track for August 1 and Issues Rules

They say everything is bigger in Texas and the controversy surrounding paid sick leave is no exception. With less than two weeks before the effective date of two paid sick leave laws in Texas, here is a quick scorecard on where these laws stand: San Antonio As is now being reported, the City of San...… Continue Reading The post San Antonio May Delay Paid Sick Leave Implementation to December 1; Dallas Remains on Track for August 1 and Issues Rules appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
July 22, 2019

Paid Sick Leave on Track in Dallas and San Antonio

As noted in our recent post, absent extraordinary legislative action or prompt legal challenge, by August 1, 2019, most employers with employees working at least 80 hours a year in Dallas or San Antonio should be prepared to comply with paid sick leave ordinances. The city of San Antonio recently released an eight-month implementation plan...… Continue Reading The post Paid Sick Leave on Track in Dallas and San Antonio appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
June 27, 2019

Texas Paid Sick Leave: Dallas and San Antonio Employers Should be Prepared for Paid Sick Leave Laws by August 1 Absent Prompt Legislative or Court Intervention

Although there is no Texas state-wide law that requires paid sick leave in Texas, the cities of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio have adopted paid sick and safe leave laws. Proposed legislation  that would have blocked these laws from going into effect was introduced during the most recent Texas legislative session. However, as of late last week,...… Continue Reading The post Texas Paid Sick Leave: Dallas and San Antonio Employers Should be Prepared for Paid Sick Leave Laws by August 1 Absent Prompt Legislative or Court Intervention appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
May 28, 2019

Dallas Joins the Fray – Will Paid Sick Leave Prevail in Texas?

Over the next several months, the fate of local paid sick leave laws may well be decided by the Texas legislature. But while lawmakers continue to debate whether Texas cities should be prohibited from establishing their own paid sick time mandates, efforts to expand their reach are marching forward. Last week, the City of Dallas...… Continue Reading The post Dallas Joins the Fray – Will Paid Sick Leave Prevail in Texas? appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
April 29, 2019

Austin Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Preempted by Texas Minimum Wage Act, Third Court of Appeals Holds

On November 16, 2018, the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals declared Austin’s paid sick and safe leave ordinance unconstitutional. Specifically, the court held the ordinance is preempted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act and is, therefore, unconstitutional. The Austin ordinance has been under attack since its inception. The Travis County District Court originally denied a temporary...… Continue Reading The post Austin Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Preempted by Texas Minimum Wage Act, Third Court of Appeals Holds appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
November 26, 2018

Paid Sick Leave Goes to Court

This week, in Austin, Texas, several business groups and staffing organizations sued the City of Austin to prevent its paid sick and safe leave law from going into effect on October 1, 2018.  As detailed in a previous post, the Austin ordinance requires employers to provide employees who work at least 80 hours in Austin...… Continue Reading The post Paid Sick Leave Goes to Court appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
April 27, 2018

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