Workers in Austin, Texas will be eligible for paid sick leave starting on October 1, 2018, following the passage of a city ordinance Friday.
This means that workers in the city of 947,890 won’t have to sacrifice pay to recuperate from short-term illnesses, which will likely encourage sick workers to stay home rather than risk public health, and their own, by going to work.
As it stands, there is no federal paid sick leave requirement for short-term illnesses. In the absence of nationwide regulations, eight states and Washington, D.C. have legislated paid sick leave on their own.
In states where there is no paid sick leave, some counties and municipalities have enacted their own regulations. Austin is the first local government to adopt a sick leave policy in the South.
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