The Dallas City Council recently approved an ordinance that would require Dallas employers to provide paid sick leave for employees. The maximum amount employees can take annually is:
Other guidelines include:
Both Austin and San Antonio have passed similar ordinances, which are currently on hold pending litigation, as well as the Texas state legislature has several pending bills that would stop cities from enforcing paid sick leave ordinances. With these two obstacles, the Dallas paid sick leave ordinance may not become effective. We will keep you updated on the status.
Because the American Disabilities Act (ADA) restricts what you can ask, knowing the guidelines are important. When it comes to asking an employee about any of their health issues, you must make sure the reason you are asking is job related. Below are general guidelines:
Bullying’s core elements of the definition include unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. If bullying is tied to a protected category, such as age, disability, race or other protected class, then it may constitute unlawful harassment. Bullying should be addressed in the Employee Handbook, as well as management should communicate by actions and support of policies that bullying is not allowed in the workplace. The internet site, www.stopbullying.gov, focuses on children bullying but the information is applicable to the workplace as well.