(In 2018, Seattle added more generous provisions to adhere to new paid sick leave rules passed by the Washington state Legislature).
The Austin ordinance would allow workers to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
The original pitch only addressed women, and it only called for one woman to be considered for leadership choices.
Mayor Steve Adler said the data don't bear out these concerns.
At a council work session on Tuesday, Human Resources Director Joya Hayes said the city would need to hire between three and six temporary employees to enforce these new rules, plus contract with a company to educate the public about the new rules.
There’s a chance the sick leave rules will be short-lived. Paul Workman (R-Austin) has said he would file a bill in the 2019 legislative session prohibiting municipalities from regulating paid sick leave for private employers.
Austin is believed to be the first city in Texas to regulate paid sick time. who lives and who dies, who has health care and who doesn't have health care.
This has all been about organizing people around reducing that inequality," said Council Member Greg Casar, who spearheaded the new rules.