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TAA, other business groups bolster the fight against burdensome local ordinances

Synopsis

The Texas Apartment Association and other businesses are supporting a lawsuit challenging Dallas’ mandatory paid sick leave ordinance.


Key takeaways

  • The City of Dallas enacted a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance during the recent legislative session, but that ordinance is being challenged in court.
  • Austin and San Antonio are also facing challenges to similar ordinances. Austin is appealing an injunction against its ordinance, and San Antonio recently postponed implementation of its ordinance until December 1.
  • While legislative efforts to preempt these kinds of ordinances were unsuccessful, the Texas Apartment Association and other business groups continue to advocate for policies that do not subject businesses to a patchwork of regulations in different cities.

The Texas Apartment Association recently joined almost 20 other business groups in signing an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit challenging the city of Dallas’ mandatory paid sick leave ordinance.

The Dallas lawsuit was originally filed by two Collin County businesses. The Texas Public Policy Foundation filed a lawsuit against Austin’s similar ordinance last year, and an injunction against that ordinance was successful, though Austin is appealing it.

The amicus brief in the Dallas lawsuit was filed by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce on behalf of businesses in the area. TAA and other members of AASET (Alliance for Strengthening and Securing the Economy in Texas) signed on to the chamber’s amicus brief. The Apartment Association of Greater Dallas also supports this challenge to the city’s ordinance.

While efforts by ASSET and others during the recent legislative session to preempt local ordinances dealing with employee benefits and scheduling, such as mandatory paid sick leave, were unsuccessful, the state Attorney General’s office has gotten involved in lawsuits challenging such ordinances in San Antonio and Dallas. The San Antonio City Council recently delayed implementation of its ordinance, originally scheduled for August 1, to December 1, pending the outcome of these various legal challenges.

Legislation like SB 2485, SB 2486, SB 2487, SB 2488 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) was introduced during the session to preempt these kinds of patchwork of local labor ordinances that can make it difficult to do business from city to city in Texas. Ultimately, none of these measures passed during the session.

Read ASSET’s statement on the amicus brief.

Additional information: ASSET Texas Facebook Page | ASSET Texas Twitter Page

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