How to prepare for implementing the City’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

As you may have learned, the San Antonio City Council last Thursday adopted a revised Paid Sick Leave Ordinance that has been retitled the Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance.  This new law, which goes into effect on December 1, 2019, requires every San Antonio employer to provide each of their employees paid time-off for use if an employee needs to be absent from work due to:

  • Illness or injury.
  • Medical treatment or preventative care.
  • Domestic or sexual assault.
  • Care of a family member.

Despite all the revisions to the ordinance, our position on the matter has not changed.  Your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce does not oppose sick leave. We do oppose municipally mandated employee benefits and pay, and we strongly reaffirm the rights of private employers to determine the best and most efficient way to operate a successful business, while remaining competitive in attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

Regardless of how much we may disagree with this new law, you, as a San Antonio business must prepare yourself for the Ordinance’s implementation.  The City’s Metro Health Department is hosting a series of information sessions across the city that will provide you with the information and tools to ensure your business is in compliance with the new law. Below is a list of upcoming information sessions:

October 19, 2019 10 AM – 12 Noon


Heritage Room at St. Philip’s College

1801 Martin Luther King Blvd.

October 25, 2019 9 AM – 10:30 AM

Valero Community Event Center at San Antonio Food Bank

5200 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway

*Volunteer Entrance

October 28, 2019 2 PM – 4 PM

Training Center at PreK 4 SA East Campus

5802 Eisenhauer Road

October 29, 2019 9 AM – 11 AM

Garden Center at San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Place

November 4, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Central Library Auditorium

600 Soledad

November 7, 2019 4 PM – 6 PM

Southside Lions Senior Center

3303 Pecan Valley

November 13, 2019 11 AM – 1 PM

Online Webinar

*You will receive additional instructions about registering


To register for the session most convenient for you, please visit

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