Judge Blocks San Antonio PSL Ordinance

Nov 22

A San Antonio district judge has granted a temporary injunction on the San Antonio Sick and Safe Law which prevents the ordinance from taking effect on Dec. 1, 2019. The judge has asked the parties to prepare for a trial on the merits of the ordinance to be held in the near future. Read more from the Texas Tribune here. 

The San Antonio Restaurant Association is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the ordinance on the grounds that the ordinance is unconstitutional and preempted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act. A substantially similar ordinance in Austin has been ruled unconstitutional and preempted under state law by the Texas Third Court of Appeals. The City of Austin and the business groups that fought the Austin ordinance have asked the Texas Supreme Court to rule on that case. A Texas Supreme Court opinion (could be rendered in Spring 2020 if the Supreme Court decides to hear the case) could affect the legality of the San Antonio and Dallas paid sick leave ordinances that are still in court.

Recently, in Dallas, the Federal District Court denied the city's motion for a new venue. The ordinance there is in effect (since August), but not being enforced until April. 

(Photo by Brandon Formby/The Texas Tribune). 


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