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Once the ordinance comes into effect, covered employers must grant one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked by an employee. (Photo: Dmitrijs Kaminskis/Shutterstock.com)

At its Feb. 15 meeting, the Austin City Council voted to make the city the first in Texas to require that employers provide paid sick leave to virtually all employees—whether full or part time—who work within the City of Austin. Employers and their counsel should be aware that the ordinance is broadly drafted to include both Austin employers and employers outside of Austin that have employees who perform work in Austin. Moreover, the ordinance has implications for covered employers regardless of whether they already offer paid sick leave.

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