LGBT Protections Added to Texas Bill Axing Local Employment Mandates

AUSTIN — A Texas committee has voted to ban cities from enacting scheduling and overtime mandates on private businesses, but not before adding in language that specifically protects local LGBT rights ordinances.On Wednesday, the Texas House Committee on State Affairs debated three bills that would prohibit municipalities from requiring private businesses to provide paid sick leave, offer specific health and retirement benefits and adopt certain scheduling practices. They also considered a fourth bill to undo local "ban the box" rules, which prohibit business owners from inquiring about applicants' criminal histories.Three cities, including Dallas, have passed local laws requiring businesses offer paid sick leave to their workers, and Austin has a "ban the box" ordinance. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made it a priority to pass a state law to overturn these local employment rules, saying they create a confusing patchwork of requirements that are bad for small businesses.  Continue reading...

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