Organized labor, reeling from a devastating U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring they can’t force non-members to pay union dues, is pushing the city of Dallas to pass an ordinance forcing companies to give workers six to eight days of paid sick leave a year, depending on how many people work there.
The problem, of course, is that Dallas doesn’t really have the legal authority to dictate sick leave or any other private-sector employee benefit.
We believe the Texas Constitution clearly leaves such decisions to the state Legislature, which can weigh the benefits and burdens of such mandates across the entire state.
Otherwise, businesses that operate in multiple jurisdictions would have to contend with a patchwork of rules and regulations that would be tough to sort through, especially for small businesses.
If they can afford it, some small business owners offer paid sick leave to help attract and keep good employees, but that’s their decision. It’s not a business decision for a city council.