Last year, some city governments, like Austin and San Antonio, began passing one-size-fits-all mandates that forced private employers to offer specific benefits to full- and part-time employees. By forcing employers to offer specific incentives, like mandatory paid sick leave, workers have less freedom to negotiate for more attractive benefits like flex time, vacation, higher pay, increased hours, or bonuses.

Mandated leave policies are best negotiated between employers and employees without the imposition of a one-size-fits-all mandate that may not be in either party’s best interest.


  • Mandates harm employees by depriving them of benefit options, wage gains, and more work hours available.
  • Mandates hurt consumers by making them pay higher prices for goods and services, leaving them with fewer options as stores and businesses close under the weight of the new requirements.
  • Mandates harm employers by forcing them to absorb higher costs without an increase in output, loading them down with intrusive and time-consuming record keeping requirements.

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