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Paid Sick Leave

On July 24, 2019, an agreement to extend the implementation date of the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance was accepted in civil court proceedings. As a result of the court order, the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will be implemented on December 1, 2019 instead of August 1, 2019. The Paid Sick Leave Commission will continue to consider the ordinance and has committed to recommend revisions to City Council for consideration in the next 45 days. Please see the news release and agreed court order linked below for more information:

What is Paid Sick Leave?

Paid sick leave is a new law in San Antonio 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 preventative care, domestic or sexual assault, and care of a family member. In general, it is compensated at normal rates of pay and affects employers that do not already provide comparable or more generous time off.


Upcoming events 

  • Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Briefing to City Council and Mayor, B Session – Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Paid Sick Leave Public Meeting #1 – Monday, September 23, 2019 (Flyer: English | Español)
  • Paid Sick Leave Public Meeting #2 – Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (Flyer: English | Español)
  • Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, A Session – Thursday, October 3, 2019

Paid Sick Leave Commission

  • Danielle Hargrove, Chair
  • Christine Arredondo
  • Alex Birnel
  • Sasha Begum
  • Rev C.J. Littlefield
  • Lisa Fullerton
  • Kausi Subramaniam
  • Linda Chavez-Thompson
  • Joleen Garcia
  • Diane Sanchez
  • Al Arreola Jr.
  • Bob Livar, Jr.
  • Adelita Cantu
Commission Meetings

Ad Hoc Committee on Paid Sick Leave

In November 2018 Mayor Ron Nirenberg created the Ad Hoc Committee on Paid Sick Leave composed of Councilmembers:

  • Manny Pelaez, Chair
  • Melissa Cabello Havrda
  • Ana Sandoval
  • Roberto Trevino
  • Rebecca Viagran

The ad hoc committee is charged with creating a Paid Sick Leave Commission and establishing a process that incorporates the input of all stakeholders to arrive at final recommendations for Council. The process should explicitly target business input, and seek data and analysis regarding the impact of the ordinance.

The ad hoc committee will appoint the Paid Sick Leave Commission in March 2019. The Commission is expected to make recommendations regarding changes and modifications to the paid sick leave ordinance. City Council will review the Commission’s recommendations and will vote on whether to adopt those recommendations. The ordinance will currently go into effect on August 1, 2019 for employers with six (6) or more employees, and on August 1, 2021 for employers with five (5) or fewer employees.

Ad Hoc Committee Meetings
Memos from the Mayor


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