Friday, February 15, 2019

#TXLEGE: We need the Broadest Based Employment law preemption bill possible

"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

Some good news:

SB 15 is the long awaited "big pre-emption" bill.  It would prevent local governments from interfering in the private employer/employee relationship in any way, shape, or form.  Key paragraph:
municipality or county may not adopt or enforce an ordinance,
order, rule, regulation, or policy requiring any terms of
employment that exceed or conflict with federal or state law
relating to any form of employment leave, hiring practices,
employment benefits, scheduling practices, or other terms of
This approach is correct. While Austin's so-called "sick leave" entitlement was the catalyst, local governments micromanaging employment relations can take many forms.  If permitted to fester, these local policies would strangle the state's economy. Thus, the state is wise to knock them all out.

Broad-based preemption also stands on more stable philosophical ground.  Instead of complaining about a policy or two we don't like (after the fact), we're stating authority rests with the state.  Period.  End of story.

Bottom Line: Local governments have no business decreeing employment relations. 

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