AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas senator has filed a brief in opposition of Austin’s recently passed paid sick leave.
Texas Sen. Donna Campbell, R-District 25, announced Monday that her office has filed an amicus brief in support of business groups seeking an injunction against the City of Austin regarding their mandatory paid sick leave ordinance.
The controversial ordinance, scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, would apply to any non-union eligible employee working within the city limits, regardless of where the employer is headquartered, its size, or how many workers are employed.
The new rule mandated that private employers allow their workers to accrue up to 64 hours, or eight days, of paid sick leave per year. Small businesses with 15 or fewer employees could have paid sick days up to 48 hours, or six work days.
"Texas is not Washington, D.C., San Francisco, or California. In Texas we embrace statewide policies that promote economic prosperity and discourage cities from punishing small businesses with a patchwork of burdensome regulations that make it harder to keep their doors open," Campbell stated. "Because most Texas businesses already offer paid sick leave, implementing heavy-handed mandates at the local level on those least likely to afford it will create a less competitive marketplace, harm employers, and put a drag on the Texas economy."
The Austin City Council approved the new rule requiring businesses in the city to provide paid sick leave for employees in February with many local businesses in opposition at the time.
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