Under Ordinance 31181, employers in the City of Dallas, Texas must provide employees with paid sick leave. Earned paid sick time shall accrue starting at the commencement of employment or either August 1, 2019, for an employer with more than five employees, or August 1, 2021, for an employer with not more than five employees at any time in the preceding 12 months, whichever is later.
Covered employees accrue one hour of earned paid sick time for every 30 hours worked in the City, up to 64 hours of earned paid sick time per year for medium or large employees and 48 hours per year for all other employers. A medium or large employer is defined as “an employer with more than 15 employees at any time in the preceding 12 months, excluding the employer’s family members.”
An employee may request earned paid sick time caused by:
- the employee’s physical or mental illness, physical injury, preventative medical or health care, or health condition; or
- the employee’s need to care for their family member’s physical or mental illness, physical injury, preventative medical or health condition; or
- the employee’s or their family member’s need to seek medical attention, seek relocation, obtain services of a victim services organization, or participate in legal or court ordered action related to an incident of victimization from domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking involving the employee or the employee’s family member.
An employer may not transfer, demote, discharge, suspend, reduce hours, or directly threaten such actions against an employee because that employee requests or uses earned paid sick time, reports or attempts to report a violation of this law, participates or attempts to participate in an investigation or proceeding under this law, or otherwise exercises any rights afforded by this law.
A covered employer must display the paid sick leave poster in English and Spanish in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees are customarily posted. (Dallas City Code, Sec. 20-7(e)) An employer that provides an employee handbook to its employees must also include the paid sick leave notice in that handbook.