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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

Can You Be “Regarded as” Disabled Based on a Potential Future Disability?

This certainly sounds futuristic. (Pun intended.) Still, in a case just decided by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, EEOC v. STME, LLC, the EEOC espoused precisely this position. The EEOC sued STME for disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of Kimberly Lowe, a former STME massage therapist. Lowe was not...… Continue Reading The post Can You Be “Regarded as” Disabled Based on a Potential Future Disability? appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
September 16, 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

FMLA Leave for Chronic Health Conditions Requires Proof of Periodic Doctor’s Visits

When an employee takes medical leave, treatment by a healthcare provider is often assumed, and the frequency of doctor’s visits is rarely scrutinized.  The Pennsylvania federal court’s recent decision in Watkins v. Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh alerts us that this is not always a wise approach. In evaluating FMLA leave entitlements, verifying...… Continue Reading The post FMLA Leave for Chronic Health Conditions Requires Proof of Periodic Doctor’s Visits appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
October 6, 2018

ADA Compliance Challenges: Navigating the Over-accommodation Conundrum

Make no mistake about it: ADA compliance can be challenging.  This is especially true when it comes to providing reasonable accommodation.  Not uncommonly, managers wanting to do the right thing actually provide more than the law requires.  Although well-intentioned, this practice often leads to conflict if more generous accommodations are later scaled back. Thankfully, a recent...… Continue Reading The post ADA Compliance Challenges: Navigating the Over-accommodation Conundrum appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
September 1, 2017

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