Friday, November 16, 2018

#TXLEGE, #atxcouncil: Appeals Court Buys Time on "Sick Leave" Entitlements

"Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?"
Matthew 20:15

From TPPF:
AUSTIN—Today, the Texas Third District Court of Appeals rendered its judgment in the paid sick leave case brought against the City of Austin by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 
The judgment holds that the City’s paid sick leave ordinance violates the Texas Constitution because it is preempted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act and orders a temporary injunction to be put into effect immediately by the lower court. 
“Today’s ruling by the Texas Third Court of Appeals is cause for celebration,” said TPPF’s General Counsel Rob Henneke. “The ruling is an unequivocal win for our clients, whose rights were violated by the City’s ordinance. With today’s ruling, the case is remanded to the district court, who is ordered to enter a temporary injunction preventing the ordinance from becoming effective.”
This is a positive step.  That being said, we shouldn't kid ourselves.  Last week's election has made this lawsuit's path significantly more challenging.

Still, today's ruling buys time for either the legislature or SCOTX to act.

Bottom Line: We're not out of the woods yet, but today's ruling is a significant step in the right direction.

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