The state Supreme Court declined to hear Austin’s appeal of a lower court’s decision temporarily blocking enforcement of a local ordinance requiring private employers to offer paid sick leave. The 3rd Court of Appeals issued a temporary injunction nearly in 2018 putting the ordinance on hold while the case is pending.
“The fight isn’t over, but today’s ruling is a clear victory for Austin small business owners who can now rest assured that they will not face the imminent and irreparable harm this ordinance would have caused as they are working hard to get their businesses back up and running,” NFIB State Director Annie Spilman said.
NFIB joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation and other business groups in 2017 to challenge the Austin ordinance in court.
“Local ordinances like Austin’s create a patchwork of regulations that create confusion for small businesses, especially those with employees who work in multiple jurisdictions,” Spilman said. “Our members believe employment regulations should be set by the Legislature and applied evenly statewide. We will continue working with legislative leaders on a solution that settles his issue once and for all.”