Dallas City Council Passes Ordinance Requiring Sick Days

Austin York
April 24, 2019 - 4:48 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A new ordinance passed by the Dallas city council Wednesday, would require all employers to offer employees 6-8 sick days a year. 

Those days not used can be rolled over for the next year.

The ordinance passed 10-4. Councilman Lee Kleinman says this will hurt small business owners.

"This ordinance hurts small entrepreneurs. It especially hurts new immigrants and disproportionally hurts employers of color and of national origin. It imposes more regulations on them that prevents them from hiring," he said.

But councilman Omar Narvaez says this speaks to what Dallas stands for.

"What does Dallas believe in. Paid sick is a value we care about and we need to make sure we pass and implement. Colleagues, if you're not going to think of the 300,000 workers affected, then think about yourself," Narvaez says. 

The ordinance is seen as symbolic as it will almost certainly be challenged in court before it can go into affect.

The Alliance for Securing and Strengthening the Economy in Texas put out a statement condemning the ordinance. Annie Spilman with the group says it will give local governments even more control.

"This ordinance says that even if an allegation is made against an employer for violating this ordinance, that the city has complete subpoena power over their records. That includes their employees record," Spilman says.

Meanwhile the group "Workers Defense" praised the council's move saying for too long, approximately 41 percent of workers in Dallas had to choose between financial stability and their health when they got sick. ​