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Six More Texas Counties Join Dallas County by Implementing Shelter in Place Orders

Summary: After Dallas County took the lead on Monday, March 23, by implementing a “shelter-in-place” order, other Texas counties quickly followed suit to take action to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Collin, Denton, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, and Tarrant counties have all implemented shelter-in-place orders to take effect at midnight on March 24, 2020 (Denton County’s order will take effect at midnight on March 25, 2020), and all will remain in effect as stated, or until either rescinded, superseded, or amended. Dallas County also issued an amendment to its “Stay Home Stay Safe” order setting forth specific enforcement provisions, providing that a violation of the order may be punishable through criminal or civil enforcement (a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days). Please see our March 23 Alert for more information on the Dallas County Order.

Breaking Rank: Collin County, Texas Issues “All Businesses Are Essential” Order

On March 24, 2020, Collin County, Texas Judge Chris Hill issued the county’s widely anticipated “stay-at-home” order (Order) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it one of 21 Texas counties or cities that have issued, or will be issuing, an order of this type to date.

Dallas County, Texas Issues “Stay Home Stay Safe” Order, Effective March 23

On March 22, 2020, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a “shelter in place” order (“Order”), available here, for individuals residing in Dallas County, Texas, effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020. The owner, manager, or operator of any facility or business that is likely to be impacted by the Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of the Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public requesting one.

Dallas County Issues First Shelter-in-Home Order in Texas

In an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.108, has issued a stay-at-home Order that takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, and continues until at least 11:59 p.m. April 3, 2020.

Texas Court Rejects Effort To Dismiss Non-Compete Lawsuit On Free Speech Grounds

Texas courts are increasingly encountering efforts to challenge restrictive covenant agreements on free speech grounds, where the restricted activity includes business-related communications. A recent Texas appellate court decision indicates that this strategy has its limits.

Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Blocking Implementation of San Antonio’s Sick and Safety Leave Law

The City of San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave ordinance has been enjoined. The ordinance was originally scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2019, but on July 24, 2019, a Texas state court delayed implementation until December 1, 2019, pending a ruling on a motion for temporary injunction filed by business groups and the state.

Texas Paid Sick Leave Update: San Antonio, Dallas, Austin

The state of city-driven efforts to pass paid sick and safe leave laws in Texas remains in flux. Those monitoring the issue will know the cities of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio have passed paid sick and safe leave laws, with business coalitions in each city mounting legal challenges. As a result of the uncertainty caused by these legal challenges, the fate of these laws in Texas generally and in the respective cities remains an issue to watch.

Court Blocks San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Law

Mere days before San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave ordinance was set to go into effect, the law was once again put on hold. In a ruling today, Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai temporarily delayed the start of the paid leave ordinance, which was set to take effect on December 1.

Texas Judge Temporarily Enjoins San Antonio Paid Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance

A Texas state court judge's letter ruling temporarily enjoins San Antonio's paid sick and safe leave ordinance from taking effect on December 1, 2019. While the November 22, 2019 ruling says a trial on the merits will occur "as soon as possible," it does not set a trial date.

San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Will Not Go Into Effect December 1

A Bexar County judge just allowed San Antonio employers to enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday a little bit more. Bexar County District Court Judge Peter Sakai advised all counsel on Friday that he is granting the requested temporary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the now-named San Antonio Safe and Sick Time ordinance. He has asked the parties to come to an agreement on the language of the order and agree to a trial date. This ruling means that employers are not yet required to comply with the ordinance, which was scheduled to go into effect December 1, 2019.
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