The Austin City Council passed a bill shortly before 1 AM Friday that will affect an average of 200,000 workers mandating that all non-governmental employers allow workers to accrue paid sick days.

Mayor of Austin Steve Alder said after the vote:

This is going to affect a lot of people in our city that probably are right now coming into work sick and probably serving food on days that they shouldn’t be,”


The new ordinance will allow Austin citizens who work for a business that has 15 or more employees to earn up to eight paid sick days each year, accruing one hour for every 30 hours worked. Austinites who work for smaller businesses can earn up to 6 days — but if the business is smaller than 5 people, the ordinance goes into effect in October 2020.

Employees can only lie for so long about being sick though LOL, they will not be allowed to ask for a doctor’s note unless they miss three straight days of work.


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