The Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, found the Austin, Texas, paid sick leave ordinance is unconstitutional because it is preempted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act. The appellate court issued a temporary injunction blocking the ordinance and returned the case to a lower court for further proceedings.
Updated to reflect the removal of the paid sick leave employee handbook statements for Austin, Texas.
San Antonio has become the second major Texas city to pass a paid sick leave ordinance, but whether it ever takes effect is uncertain as a legal challenge is likely.
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Austin joins nine states and several other municipalities that have enacted paid sick leave laws in recent years. It is the first in the South to do so, establishing a beachhead for potential expansion of this trend into other liberal-leaning cities and towns in an otherwise-conservative region.
A federal judge has blocked the EEOC from enforcing an Obama-era pronouncement in Texas that advised employers to use criminal background checks only when they are job-related or tied to legitimate business needs.