4 GOODE Bills Move Forward

City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee has approved my Earned Sick Leave Standard Bill to add an earned sick leave requirement to my Living Wage and Benefits Law. The Committee also approved three other measures.

The Earned Sick Leave Standard Bill would require that covered employers also provide to each full-time, non-temporary, non-seasonal covered employee, at least, the number of the earned sick leave days that the employer would have been required to provide to such employees if the provisions of Bill No. 080774-AA, as passed by Council on June 16, 2011, had been enacted into law. Bill No. 080774-AA was vetoed by the Mayor, so it was never enacted.

My Living Wage and Benefits Law requires City-supported employers to pay at least 150% of the federal minimum wage to its employees. It also mandates that if the employer provides healthcare benefits to any of its employees, the employer shall provide each full-time employee healthcare benefits at least as valuable as the basic healthcare benefits that are provided to the employer’s other full-time employees. There is an exemption for small businesses. Employers subject to the ordinance include:
(1) The City of Philadelphia, including all its agencies, departments and offices.

(2) For-profit Service Contractors, which receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) for $10,000 or more from the City in a twelve-month period, with annual gross receipts of more than $1,000,000.

(3) Non-profit Service Contractors which receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) from the City of more than $100,000 in a twelve-month period.

(4) Recipients of City leases, concessions, or franchises, or subcontractors thereof, which employ more than twenty-five (25) employees.

(5) City financial aid recipients. Compliance shall be required for a period of five (5) years following receipt of aid.

(6) Public agencies, which receive contract(s) for $10,000 or more from the City in a twelve-month period.

The Commerce and Economic Development Committee also approved my other three bills.

LIVING WAGE & BENEFITS REVIEW COMMITTEE Bill - creating a new monitoring and enforcement agency for the Living Wage and Benefits Law.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TRANSPARENCY Bill - requiring submission of Economic Opportunity Plans to Council and for posting on the City’s website.

NEW CDC TAX CREDIT AGREEMENT Bill -creating regulations for new 10-year tax credit agreements.

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