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Private Sector Loses Ability to Decide on Sick Pay

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In a 9-2 vote, the Austin City Council approved Greg Casar's highly controversial ordinance mandating that all businesses in Austin's private sector pay their employees for days they're out sick.  It was expected to pass, and only Ellen Troxclair and Ora Houston stood in opposition to Casar's mandate.

The new ordinance takes effect on October 1 for most businesses in Austin, although those businesses who have five or fewer employees will not be tasked with providing sick pay until 2020.

Casar was criticized this week for the tactics his supporters and his former employer, the Workers Defense Project, used to sway the vote, threatening loud and public boycotts of any business who was opposed to the plan.  

137 businesses signed up against a forced sick pay mandate, and Casar's supporters did hide their intention of harassing those businsses for their opposition.  Whether or not those supporters will carry out those threats now that the ordinance has passed remains to be seen.

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