Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Effective On August 1, 2019

Community News | July 08, 2019

Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Effective On August 1, 2019: ARE YOU READY?

By FACC-DFW Member, Robin Foret, July 2019

Neither federal nor Texas law require private employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. However, Dallas recently joined San Antonio and Austin in passing a local ordinance mandating paid sick leave for eligible employees. An Austin Court of Appeals declared the Austin city ordinance unconstitutional and enjoined it from taking effect. There is no such ruling with respect to San Antonio or Dallas, and those ordinances are scheduled to become effective on August 1, 2019. It was thought that the Texas legislature would pass legislation prohibiting such local ordinances; however, the legislative session has ended without any legislation passed.

This Article focuses on the Dallas ordinance, which differs slightly from the San Antonio and Austin ordinances. For now, employers located in Dallas County (for-profit and non-profit) who have 15 employees, or who have had 15 or more employees at any time during the preceding 12-month period (excluding family members), should take steps to comply with the Dallas ordinance. Employers with 5 or less employees have until August 1, 2021 to comply with the ordinance.

Read the rest of Robin Foret's Review of Employment News on this subject HERE