Client Alert: Dallas Employers Should Prepare for Paid Sick Time Ordinance by August 1

Dallas recently became the third city in Texas (following Austin and San Antonio) to require private employers operating in the city to provide paid sick leave to employees. The ordinance takes effect on August 1, 2019. Proposed legislation that would have blocked cities from adopting ordinances like these was introduced, but stalled, during the most recent Texas legislative session. And while a Texas Court of Appeals has declared the Austin ordinance unconstitutional, no legal actions have been filed to date challenging the Dallas or San Antonio ordinances. So, barring a last-minute legal challenge, employers with employees in the City of Dallas need to comply with the ordinance by August 1.