City of Austin will appeal paid sick leave court ruling

The City of Austin has announced plans to appeal a recent state court decision to put the city’s paid sick leave ordinance on hold.

In February, the Austin City Council approved the paid leave ordinance on a 9-2 vote. The ordinance requires all private businesses to provide employees with 64 hours of paid sick leave per year (if they have 16 or more employees) or 48 hours per year (if 15 or fewer employees).

The Texas Public Policy Foundation sued the city in April, listing the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business among the plaintiffs. The lawsuit argues that the ordinance violates the Texas Minimum Wage Act by requiring employers to “pay minimum-wage to employees for hours not actually worked.”

In August the District Court of Travis County agreed to grant the motion for temporary relief, putting a hold on the ordinance that was set to become effective on October 1st.

The court challenge isn’t the only hurdle the ordinance faces. Representative Paul Workman announced he plans to introduce legislation during the upcoming 2019 legislative session that would overturn the bill by prohibiting municipalities from regulating paid sick leave for private employers.

The city is expected to file its appeal on Friday.