By Rachel Dovey

The ordinance will extend paid sick leave to around 87,000 Austin workers according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The Observer reports:

The measure mandates that employees receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, capping at six or eight days annually depending on the size of the business. It takes effect for most employers on Oct. 1, and is enforceable through fines of up to $500. Paid time-off can also be used to take care of family members and to address domestic or sexual violence. [Council member Greg Casar] pledged that the council would soon apply the policy to city workers, too.

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