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Court of Appeals Strikes Down Austin Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Employers no longer need to plan for compliance On Friday, the Third Court of Appeals held that the City of Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is unconstitutional because it impermissibly sets a higher wage than required by the Texas Minimum… Read More

Supreme Court Holds ADEA Applies to All Public Employers Regardless of Size

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court held that state and local government employers are covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) regardless of the number of employees they have. Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido (2018). The… Read More

Sheila Gladstone presents “Hot Topics in Employment Law” at the Austin Bar Administrative Law Section

Sheila Gladstone will be presenting at the Austin Bar Administrative Law Section CLE Luncheon this Wednesday, October 17. She will be discussing “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” including paid sick leave, the effect of… Read More

“Ask Sheila” – Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Dear Sheila: The county has a job opening in the courthouse cafeteria for a dishwasher.  One of the applicants is deaf and does not communicate verbally at all. Although we hired a sign language interpreter for the interview,… Read More

“Ask Sheila” – FMLA

Dear Sheila: We have an employee who was diagnosed with severe and chronic depression. His psychiatrist has certified he has a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Many mornings he is… Read More

“Ask Sheila” – Workers’ Compensation

Are parking garage injuries covered under workers’ compensation? Dear Readers: For this issue, I’m going to make it a bit personal and answer my own question. I recently got the wonderful opportunity to experience an injury… Read More

UPDATE: Austin Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Legal Battle and Preparing for the October 1, 2018 Effective Date

The Austin City Council’s paid sick leave ordinance is facing legal challenge ahead of its October 1, 2018 effective date. As cities like San Antonio and Dallas consider similar ordinances, all eyes are on the legal battle surrounding Austin’s ordinance. Read More

Austin City Council Approves Ordinance Requiring Private Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave Starting Oct. 1, 2018

Small employers (those with five or fewer employees at any timein the preceding 12 months, excluding family members)have until 2020 to comply. On February 16, 2018, the Austin City Council approved a paid sick leave ordinance requiring all private employers… Read More

“Ask Sheila”

Dear Sheila, On a Monday morning, one of our female clerical employees came to the Department head in tears. She said that on Saturday night, she was with friends at a club, and she ran into her male supervisor who… Read More

Preventing and Responding to Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era

by Sheila Gladstone and Ashley Thomas Unless you were hiding under a rock in 2017, you must be aware of the tidal wave of allegations of sexual harassment by celebrities and other high-powered public figures that have resulted… Read More

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