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File #: 20-6752   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Community Health and Equity Committee
On agenda: 11/16/2020
Posting Language: A briefing providing updates on Metro Health's Implementation of a voluntary paid sick leave program. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager; Sandra Guerra, MD, MPH, Interim Deputy Public Health Director, Health]
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DEPARTMENT: Health

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Sandra Guerra, MD, MPH, Interim Deputy Director

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide

SUBJECT: A briefing providing updates on the implementation of a Voluntary Paid Sick Leave Program

SUMMARY:
The Paid Sick Leave Health Program Manager will present an update on progress on developing a voluntary paid sick leave program which will allow businesses in San Antonio to receive certification for meeting the requirements of the Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance which is currently under injunction.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
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.

An Ad-hoc committee and subsequent Commission was appointed by City leadership to review and amend the language included in the Ordinance. The Council approved the amended language in October 2019 with a delayed implementation date of December 1, 2019.

In late November 2019, a district judge imposed an injunction stopping enforcement of the ordinance while the court case awaits trial.

Metro Health has developed a plan for a voluntary certification program which will be available to all businesses who do work in San Antonio. "Working Well SA" is an outreach and
technical assistance initiative designed to carry on the purpose of the City of San Antonio's Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance-promoting the health and economic benefits of paid sick leave in our community.

San Antonio continues to have approximately 350,000 workers without paid sick leave benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated just how devastating that lack of paid leave could be. A study done between March and May of this year shows that states where workers were guaranteed paid sick leave saw 400 fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases per day. The introduction of the Federal Family First Leave Act demonstrated a 56% reduction in infections in th...

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