Victory for advocates of a revamped paid sick leave ordinance set to take effect Dec. 1 may be short-lived if a coalition of business groups taking their case to court next week is successful in blocking it.

Revisions to San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance, passed by City Council on Oct. 3, did not satisfy plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the ordinance in July. Now the group, represented by attorney Ricardo Cedillo, is moving forward with plans to request a temporary injunction to delay the measure.

A hearing for the injunction is scheduled for Nov. 7 in Bexar County District Court.

City Council voted 8-3 to approve revisions to the paid sick leave ordinance passed last year – with an amendment that requires all San Antonio businesses, regardless of size, to provide the benefit to their workers.

The ordinance, as originally written and passed by City Council in August 2018, would have required San Antonio employers to provide one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked, with a yearly cap of 48 hours for small employers and 64 hours for those with more than 15 employees.

The newly approved ordinance requires San Antonio employers to provide the same amount of sick leave, but with a yearly cap of 56 hours for all employers, regardless of size.

Despite the City’s efforts to revise the ordinance and avert legal challenges, a group of local businesses and associations, including the San Antonio Restaurant Association and several staffing agencies, are moving ahead with legal action to block the ordinance.

Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger is the development beat reporter for the San Antonio Report.