The controversial "Paid Sick Leave Ordinance" has been officially passed during a San Antonio City Council meeting on Thursday, October 3rd with 8-3 votes.
The new ordinance will start on December 1st, which will require local business with more than 15 or more employees to accrue 64 hours of paid sick leave per year. Smaller businesses will be capped at 48 hours per year.
Three City Council members; Rebecca Viagran, Manny Pelaez and Clayton H. Perry had voted against the ordinance.
Earlier this year, a coalition of several businesses filed a lawsuit against the city to prevent the ordinance from going into effect.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg had this to say about the ordinance.
"The Paid Sick Leave petitioners, commissioners, Council ad hoc committee members, public meetings and online survey have produced refinements to an ordinance that deliver a benefit that will vastly improve the health of our community.
All parties came to the table, we listened to the community, and we've arrived at revisions that will ensure every San Antonio working family has some peace of mind.
We restored protections for labor unions, enacted a uniform eligibility period for all businesses, provided for a more reasonable complaint period, and ensured that this ordinance reminded us of all standing anti-discrimination laws.
I'm thankful that the recommended changes included provisions to protect those who may be experiencing unsafe circumstances at home. It should be noted that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the City just approved another $1M in the FY2020 budget to combat domestic violence. This ordinance will serve as an extension to our commitment to the wellbeing of all residents of San Antonio.
I stand by the petitioners, the process, and the public in voting for revisions that provide all San Antonio working families a better chance to remain healthy on the job and safe at home."