CONTACT: Laura Mayes, 210-207-1337
Michelle Vigil, 210-207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 16, 2019) – The City of San Antonio invites the public to provide their input on proposed changes to the City’s paid sick leave ordinance at two public meetings or through a brief survey. Feedback gathered from the survey and public meetings will be provided to the City Council ahead of their vote on final changes to the ordinance.
Paid Sick Leave Meeting #1
September 23, 2019
6 – 8:00 p.m.
TriPoint Events Center 3233 N St Mary's
San Antonio, TX 78212
Paid Sick Leave Meeting #2
September 25, 2019
6 – 8:00 p.m.
El Progreso Hall 1306 Guadalupe St
San Antonio, TX 78207
The survey is available at www.SASpeakUp.com or at this link.
About the ordinance:
In August of 2018, the San Antonio City Council adopted a paid sick leave (PSL) ordinance that requires certain employees in San Antonio be given earned paid sick time off for use if an employee needs to be absent from work due to illness or injury, medical treatment or preventive care, domestic or sexual assault, and care of a family member.
The Mayor appointed a Paid Sick Leave Ad Hoc Council Committee in November of 2018. The Committee was charged with creating a PSL Commission and establishing a process to incorporate input from a broad range of stakeholders.
The PSL Commission, which is made up of a diverse group of San Antonio residents, met 15 times this year to analyze the ordinance and provide recommendations to City Council. Some of those recommendations are:
1. Changing the name of the ordinance to Sick and Safe Leave
2. All employees have ability to accrue the same amount of leave regardless of employer size
3. A baseline accrual of 56 hours of sick and safe leave for all employees
4. All employers are required to comply with ordinance on December 1, 2019 along with all other employers in San Antonio (including those employers with 5 employees or less)
The City Council will receive a briefing regarding the Paid Sick Leave Commission’s recommended changes to the ordinance on September 19 at 1:00 p.m. The item is slated for consideration at the regularly scheduled October 3 City Council meeting.