Chamber prepares for Paid Sick Leave implementation date

Despite the many unanswered questions and concern from the business community about the implementation of the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, the Paid Sick Leave Commission is moving forward with the August 1 implementation date. The City of San Antonio’s Metro Health Department has assured the Commission that they can successfully launch the ordinance come August 1, 2019, with limited enforcement until April 1, 2020.

The ordinance mandates employees earn one (1) hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to a defined amount. For employers this means that small employers (1-15 employees) will need to provide six days (48 hours) of paid sick time per year and medium-to-large employers (16 or more employees) will need to provide eight days (64 hours). There would be delayed implementation for very small employers, no more than five employees, making the effective date August 1, 2022. The original implementation date for very small employers was August 1, 2021 but the commission has agreed to push it back to August 1, 2022.

During this 8-month implementation period, a campaign to educate the community about the ordinance will be launched. This campaign will be led by Metro Health and the City of San Antonio’s Government & Public Affairs Department. Six public meetings will be held across the city in different geographic locations. The meetings will allow individuals across the city to learn about the ordinance and ask questions. The first public meeting will be held on June 24, 2019 from 5pm-6pm at the Urban Ecology Center. We encourage you to attend and voice your concerns as the committee looking for feedback on the ordinance.

In addition to the outreach campaign and public meetings, the City of San Antonio’s Metro Health Department has launched a webpage dedicated to helping businesses comply with the ordinance as well as informing employees of what it means for them. On the page you will find an employee/employer checklist, employee complaint form, sample paid sick leave policy for businesses and a spreadsheet to help businesses track employees paid sick time. For anyone who has questions about the ordinance, the Metro Health Department has set up an email strictly dedicated to questions about the ordinance. The email is We strongly encourage you to submit your questions to the email Metro Health has created or to Stephanie Reyes, our Vice President of Public Policy at Your Chamber will be working with Metro Health to ensure all questions are answered and that information about compliance is distributed to our members.

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