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Published on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Metro Health to Host Eight Sick & Safe Leave Information Sessions

CONTACT: Michelle Vigil Office: (210) 207-8172

SAN ANTONIO, TX  (October 10, 2019) - The updated Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance will take effect on December 1, 2019. Sick & Safe Leave is a law in San Antonio that requires most employees in San Antonio be given time off needed to be absent from work because the employee or the employee’s family member experiences illness, injury, stalking, domestic abuse, sexual assault or otherwise requires medical or health care, including preventive care, and mental healthcare.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health), will be hosting eight free information sessions in different areas of the City of San Antonio which will allow employers and employees to learn more about the updated Sick & Safe Leave ordinance. “Metro Health is available to help employers and employees learn about the new updates to the Sick & Safe Leave ordinance.  Our goal is to provide education, technical assistance and tools that businesses need to successfully implement the ordinance by December 1, 2019,” said Jennifer Herriott, Interim Director of Health.

Advance registration is requested for all sessions.  To attend one of the free Sick & Safe Leave Information Sessions please register at: . Upon request Spanish translation or interpretation for the hard of hearing will be available. 

More information on the Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance can be found at  and questions can be submitted to, or by calling 311 or 210-207-8458.


Schedule of Sick & Safe Leave Information Sessions


Wednesday, October 16 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Urban Ecology Center at
 Phil Hardberger Park

8400 NW Military Hwy.
Saturday, October 19

Information Session
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM St. Philips College
Heritage Room

1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
Friday, October 25 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM San Antonio Food Bank
5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy.
Monday, October 28 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Pre-K 4 SA East Campus

5230 Eisenhauer Rd.
Tuesday, October 29 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Botanical Gardens
Garden Center

555 Funston Pl.
Monday, November 4 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Central Library

600 Soledad St.
Thursday, November 7 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Southside Lions Senior Center
3303 Pecan Valley
Wednesday, November 13 ONLINE

Information Session
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Computer Online
Register on Eventbrite

Major Changes Applied to the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

  • The name of the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance has been changed to the Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance.

  • The Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance goes into effect December 1, 2019 for all businesses with employees who work within San Antonio city limits.

  • Businesses that offer at least 56 hours of paid time off will meet the minimum standards as long as their employees can use it for qualifying circumstances indicated in the ordinance.

  • Employee means an individual who performs work for pay within San Antonio city limits including temporary, seasonal, part-time, and full-time employees. Employees who work more than 50% of their time outside of San Antonio are covered under this ordinance if they work at least 240 hours within San Antonio city limits during the course of a year.

  • The Sick and Safe Leave ordinance is applicable to all businesses with employees who work within San Antonio city limits, regardless of business size.

For more information please contact Deirdre Murphy at (210) 207-2156 or email

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