On March 30, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the City of Dallas’ paid sick leave ordinance. The ordinance took effect Aug. 1, 2019, but the City of Dallas was not authorized to engage in any enforcement efforts (other than with respect to the Dallas Ordinance’s anti-retaliation provision) until April 1.

The ordinance required private employers to accrue paid sick time for employees who have worked a certain number of hours within Dallas’s city limits, and to allow those employees to request payment for using earned sick time for their own illness or injury, or the injury or illness of a family member.