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Paid Sick Leave on Track in Dallas and San Antonio

As noted in our recent post, absent extraordinary legislative action or prompt legal challenge, by August 1, 2019, most employers with employees working at least 80 hours a year in Dallas or San Antonio should be prepared to comply with paid sick leave ordinances.

The city of San Antonio recently released an eight-month implementation plan for its paid sick leave ordinance. The implementation plan (dubbed as a “listening tour”) will run through April 1, 2020, and will focus on educating employers and employees about the new paid sick and safe leave ordinance. The city will host six public meetings so that individuals can learn about the law and ask questions. Starting August 1, 2019, a team will begin investigating complaints in San Antonio as part of its efforts to educate employers. San Antonio’s Metro Health Department webpage offers an employer checklist, a sample paid sick leave policy, and a spreadsheet to help companies track employees paid sick time.

The city of Dallas has not yet announced an implementation plan, even though its ordinance is nearly identical to the San Antonio ordinance and shares the same fast-approaching effective date. The city of Dallas has confirmed that the director of the Office of Fair Housing and Human Rights is the “director of the department designated by the city manager to implement this ordinance,” and that the Office is creating informational materials and resources to assist with implementation. Any informational materials and resources will be posted on the city website.

Despite the effective date for the Dallas and San Antonio paid sick leave ordinances, civil penalties will not apply until April 1, 2020. But both the Dallas and San Antonio ordinances provide for civil penalties for retaliation as of August 1, 2019 (for most employers).

With the effective date quickly approaching, employers with employees in Dallas or San Antonio need to prepare. For more information on both the Dallas and San Antonio Municipal Ordinances, click here.

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Kristin L. Bauer, Jackson Lewis, employment agreements lawyer, non solicitation issues attorney

Kristin L. Bauer is a Principal in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation.

In addition to handling an active employment litigation docket, Ms. Bauer counsels management on preventive strategies, including termination decisions, investigations, employment agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation issues, wage and hour laws, policies and handbooks, and other issues affecting the workplace. She also provides advice and counsel to...

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Katrin Schatz, Employment Attorney, Litigation, Arbitration, Jackson Lewis Law Firm

Katrin Schatz represents management in all major areas of labor and employment law.  In her more than 13 years of practice, Ms. Schatz has defended employers nationwide in court, arbitrations and administrative proceedings in a broad range of employment matters, including class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions.  She has handled cases involving claims of age, race, disability and gender discrimination, wrongful discharge, whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour and ERISA violations, as well as disputes arising out of covenants not to compete, corporate trade secrets, officer and director fiduciary duties and executive employment contracts.  She also represents clients in connection with claims under the public accommodations provisions of the ADA. 

Julie Farmer, Jackson Lewis Law Firm, Employment Matters Attorney

Julie A. Farmer is an Associate in the Dallas office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents management in employment matters in state and federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

While attending law school, Ms. Farmer served as Comment Editor for the Texas Tech Law Review.

Michael Lombardino, Associate, Jackson Lewis, Labor and Employment Law

Michael Lombardino is an Associate in the Houston, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Lombardino's practice focuses primarily on litigating and resolving employment disputes as well as advising human resources professionals, general counsel, and C-Suite on a wide-range of employment and workplace issues. Mr. Lombardino helps clients navigate day-to-day personnel matters as well as with long-term strategic planning. In addition to advising clients, he represents...