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File #: 19-7147   
Type: Staff Briefing - With Ordinance
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 10/3/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance amending Article XI, Chapter 15, of the City Code of San Antonio entitled “Earned Paid Sick Time”; and setting the effective date for December 1, 2019. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager; Jennifer Herriott, MPH, Interim Director, Health]
Attachments: 1. Proposed Revisions, 2. Side-by-Side Comparison Chart, 3. Ordinance 2019-10-03-0795
Related files: 19-6809
DEPARTMENT: San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jennifer Herriott, MPH


SUBJECT: Proposed revisions to Article XI of Chapter 15, of the City Code


An ordinance amending Article XI of Chapter 15 of the City Code, entitled "Earned Paid Sick Time" as previously adopted by the San Antonio City Council through Ordinance No. 2018-08-16-0620.


San Antonio's Paid Sick Leave (PSL) ordinance was adopted by City Council in August 2018 following a petition drive that gathered more than 140,000 signatures in support of an earned paid sick leave ordinance. Council chose to adopt the ordinance as it was submitted with the intent to review the ordinance for possible revisions and clarifications after 6 months had passed consistent with the process set out in the City Charter.

To that end, Mayor Nirenberg formed an Ad Hoc Council Committee chaired by Councilmember Manny Pelaez. The rest of the Ad Hoc Committee is comprised of Councilmembers Melissa Cabello Havrda, Ana Sandoval, Roberto Trevi?o, and Rebecca Viagran. Mayor Nirenberg stated that "the ad hoc committee is charged with creating a Paid Sick Leave Commission and establishing a process that incorporates the input of all stakeholders to arrive at final recommendations for Council."

As such, the Ad Hoc Committee formed the Paid Sick Leave Commission. The PSL Commission is comprised of representatives from local businesses, chambers of commerce, the legal community, and advocates for PSL. The PSL Commission met from April to September of 2019 to review and recommend revisions to the PSL ordinance. The Chair of the PSL Commission, Danielle Hargrove, Esq., presented the PSL Commission's final recommendations on changes to San Antonio's PSL law to the Ad Hoc Committee on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The Commission's key recommendations are as follows:
* All recommendations seek to stay true to focus on publ...

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