While paid sick leave mandate on hold, city marches on

Even though a court order has placed Austin’s citywide paid sick leave mandate on hold, the city on Tuesday signalled that it is still moving forward to provide sick days to all of its employees.

Leading up to the approval of Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance in February, the fact that the city did not provide paid sick leave to all of its employees became fodder for the opposition. Shortly after the council approved the mandate, the council passed a resolution ordering the city to budget money to give all city employees paid sick leave, including contracted employees who often were not given sick days.

In a memo to the Austin City Council, the city’s Human Resources Director Joya Hayes said that the city is poised to begin providing sick days for all employees on Oct. 1, the day the paid sick leave ordinance would have taken effect before the Third Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction against the ordinance on Aug. 18.

The projected cost annual cost is $260,000, the memo said.

For citywide paid sick leave, the city has postponed scheduled presentations and advertisements set to come before the ordinance’s implementation.

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