Court of Appeals Nixes City of San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

Last week was not a slow news week for this blog!!! On March 10th, judges of the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio threw out the City of San Antonio’s “Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance.”  Some of you may be old enough to remember that the ordinance passed originally in 2018 as the “Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.” To make a long, convoluted story short, several business groups filed suit against the enforcement of the ordinance, and Judge Peter Sakai…

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President Biden Signs New COVID Relief Bill

On March 11th, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, the latest coronavirus relief bill.  The Act reportedly authorized $1.9 trillion in new spending, but, unlike previous relief bills, this one passed completely along party lines. Some of the best-known provisions of the Act are not directly employment related, like the $1,400 checks that will go out to many Americans, but there are a number of provisions that directly affect employers or their employees. To name just several,…

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Judge Wolff, Mayor Nirenberg Issue New COVID Orders

In response to Governor Abbbott’s executive order lifting the mask mandate and all capacity restrictions, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued their own new orders on the COVID pandemic on March 9th, the day before the governor’s executive order was to go into effect. Judge Wolff issued his order first, and Mayor Nirenberg followed with his later the same day.  The mayor’s adopted not only Judge Wolff’s order and Governor Abbott’s executive order, but…

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Texas Governor Lifts Mask Mandate and Capacity Restrictions Effective March 10th

On March 2nd, Governor Abbott announced the lifting of the State’s mask mandate and increases capacity of all businesses and facilities in the State to 100%.  The Governor issued an executive order (GA-34), lifting the mask mandate and capacity restrictions, which went into effect on Wednesday, March 10th. The executive order did state that, in areas where hospitalizations for COVID exceed 15%, county judges may institute restrictions, but may not reduce capacity below 50%, may not jail people for violating orders, and…

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