Final meeting Thursday night on paid sick leave proposal

Residents will have one more chance to tell the city what they think about a proposal to require businesses to provide paid sick leave for reporters.

AUSTIN – Residents will have a final chance to tell city leaders their thoughts on a proposal to require businesses to give workers paid sick leave.

In early November, more than a dozen small businesses presented a letter of action to the Austin City Council saying workers are at risk of losing wages if they miss days because of an illness. Nearly 40 percent of Austin’s work force is not allowed to earn paid sick days by their employers. Some business owners worry the about the costs of offering sick pay, saying it will make it more expensive to run a business in Austin.

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The meeting is 4-6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Fiesta Gardens. People who cannot attend the meeting can also submit feedback by texting “Austin” to 512-643-5627, and following the prompts.

City leaders plan to make a decision on the proposal in early December.

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