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City of Austin Seeks Input on Sick Leave Resolution

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The Austin City Council is seeking public feedback on a potential paid sick leave policy for private employers in Austin.

On Sept. 28, 2017, City Council passed a resolution directing staff to gather feedback from the community to inform a future paid sick leave policy for private employers in the city. A draft version of that resolution can be found here.

The City has several ways by which the public can provide their input, outlined below. Information collected during this process will be presented to Council in December, to help them determine any policy initiatives that might be appropriate.

The City has scheduled three public meetings in November. Note: Each meeting will build upon work from the previous, so the participants are encouraged to make every effort to attend all of them. 

  • Nov. 2
    4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.
  • Nov. 16
    4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Town Lake Center Assembly Room 130, 721 Barton Springs Road. Parking available in the Palmer Events Center garage.
  • Nov. 30
    4 to 6:30 p.m. at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

The City also has created an online tool that allows registered participants both to provide feedback on the core questions asked in the Council resolution and provide personal stories about this issue.

Finally, people can submit feedback through a text message service. People interested in participating should text "Austin" to 512-643-5627 and follow the prompts.

Input will be collected through Nov. 30, after which staff will compile a report for Council consideration.

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