Despite repeated court victories over cities like Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, we must clarify in state law that cities do not have authority to create these regulations. That specific authority resides with the State of Texas, and it should be affirmed by legislation.
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Senate Bill 14 is very simple and direct in its language. It is the effort of the ASSET Coalition, of which TNLA is a member. You can find out more about the ASSET Coalition HERE.
The specific language of the bill is as follows: A 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 employment.
Employment mandates created by local jurisdictions create a patchwork of varying regulations that would be nightmare for businesses to comply with. Often city staff are confused as to how they would outline the rules for these regulations and then enforce them. Additionally, the regulations expand cities authority over employment documents held by employers. The reality is these one-size-fits all approaches to employment regulations are a burden on small and medium businesses to pay for and track.