Federal Judge Halts Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Federal Judge Halts Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Federal Judge Halts Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance


Elaine Howard Employment LawMarch 31, 2020  — Dallas, Austin and San Antonio all passed paid sick leave ordinances, but courts stopped Austin’s and San Antonio’s from going into effect. Dallas’s went into effect last August, but per the ordinance, Dallas could not enforce it until April 1, 2020.

However, last night, a federal judge ruled that the Dallas paid sick leave ordinance was unenforceable, and prohibited any Dallas officer, employee or agent from enforcing it. The Dallas order can be found here.

This means that employers in Dallas, or with a mobile work force that works part of the year in Dallas, will not have to navigate both the new federal paid leave law (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) and the Dallas paid time off ordinance. The new federal paid leave law goes into effect on April 1.

For more information, please contact Elaine Howard.


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