The challenge to Austin’s ordinance claims, among other things, that Texas’s minimum wage law limits the city’s authority to pass a paid sick and safe time law. Fortunately for Austin workers, the state’s minimum wage law—applying as it does to minimum wage, and not other employee benefits—does no such thing.
Workers can now use their sick time to care for a more diverse range of family members, as well as to address needs arising out of domestic or sexual violence. All workers deserve the right to care for themselves and their families, no matter what their families look like. We’ll keep fighting here in New York and across the country to ensure that right is a reality for all our families.
In a tremendous victory many years in the making, the New Jersey Senate passed the Earned Sick and Safe Days Act. The law will allow New Jersey workers to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. Nearly all employers in New Jersey will be subject to the law, regardless of size.
ABB just launched the Working Woman's Pocket Guide. Over the next few weeks, we'll break down each section of the guide. Today's blog focuses on your right to earned sick time. Know Your Rights. Because knowledge is power.
More and more cities and states, recognizing that paid sick time is an important tool to reduce the spread of infectious disease, are moving to require employers to provide paid sick days, and ABB is helping at every stage of the process.
The Austin City Council voted 9-2 to pass a paid sick time ordinance, making Austin the first city in Texas, and the first jurisdiction in the South, to guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time to use when they or a family member, including a chosen family member are ill or in need of care.
The law will allow workers who work for employers with at least 15 employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. The HWFA also allows workers to earn “safe time”—time off to address situations related to domestic violence.
Written by A Better Balance’s team of top women’s rights and civil rights lawyers, The Working Woman’s Pocket Guide offers an easy-to-use list of resources and answers to pressing issues New York women still face in the workplace.
A Better Balance was proud to be on hand at City Hall yesterday as Mayor de Blasio signed into law an expansion of New York City’s paid sick time law to cover domestic violence purposes and to expand the definition of family members for whom New York workers can take sick leave.
The New York City Council passed a landmark piece of legislation that will provide powerful new rights to 3.4 million workers by expanding the city’s sick time law. This marks not only an important step forward for New York City, but also an important victory for our national movement for inclusive workplace leave laws.