Texas Employers In Limbo Amid State, City Sick Leave Fight

By Michelle Casady (March 4, 2019, 7:54 PM EST) -- A battle is playing out this legislative session in Texas as lawmakers advance bills that would bar cities from enacting local employment rules, while cities like Dallas move forward with plans to require paid sick leave for workers — leaving employers in a holding pattern.

On Thursday, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee advanced S.B. 15, which would bar local governments from enforcing employment policies that go beyond what's required by federal and state law, including hiring practices, scheduling, leave and benefits. Similar legislation is pending in the House.

Yet while state lawmakers move to prohibit local ordinances on employment, the...

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