Court Declares Austin's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Unconstitutional

Date: December 22, 2021

Travis County District Judge Lora Livingston today signed an agreed final judgment declaring the City of Austin’s 2018 paid sick leave ordinance unconstitutional. 

NFIB joined other business groups and individual employers in challenging the ordinance. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his team for joining this lawsuit as a co-plaintiff on behalf of Texas.

Today’s order was signed by attorneys for NFIB and the other business plaintiffs, the city and city officials, and the State of Texas.

“This is a big victory for small businesses and other Texas employers,” NFIB State Director Annie Spilman said. “It affirms our position that when cities overplay their regulatory hand by creating local ordinances that interfere with employers’ ability to run their businesses, they cause imminent and irreparable harm to those businesses.”

In addition to the Austin ordinance, the lawsuit helped stop similar measures in Dallas and San Antonio.

 

 

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