Keeping It Well in Austin: The City Will Now Mandate Paid Sick Leave

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Appears to be like like along with protecting it bizarre, Austin is attempting to maintain it effectively.

At the least that’s what the Austin Metropolis Council is making an attempt to do by being the primary metropolis within the southern United States to go a legislation requiring personal companies to supply paid sick depart.

Starting Oct. 1, 2018, employers with greater than 5 staff should provide employees one hour of paid sick depart for each 30 hours labored. Employers with 5 or fewer staff will probably be topic to the identical legislation, however it is not going to go into impact till Oct. 1, 2020.

To assist shield employers, the legislation additionally contains caps on the quantity of depart employees can earn: 64 hours for corporations with greater than 15 staff and 48 hours for corporations with 15 or fewer staff.

Austin joins different cities like Minneapolis, New York Metropolis, Chicago and Washington D.C. and eight states — Arizona, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington — that assure paid sick depart.

However as the one metropolis in Texas to go this coverage up to now, Austin may face the identical destiny as Milwaukee, which handed a city-level legislation in 2008 solely to have a state legislation prohibiting mandated paid sick depart override the ordinance. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker argued town’s paid sick depart coverage was a barrier to creating jobs.

The advantages of getting a sick day should not restricted to the well being advantages of, you recognize, getting effectively. It additionally decreases the unfold of germs to co-workers — useful contemplating the notably terrible flu season we’ve loved this yr — and might be important to employees dwelling paycheck to paycheck.

So to the remainder of the South, wash your arms and attempt to keep effectively, y’all.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a employees author at The Penny Hoarder. She’s grateful day by day to work at an organization that provides paid sick depart.

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