Earned Sick Leave is Law

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Earned Sick Leave is Law - 5 GOODE Bills are successful

Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s EARNED SICK LEAVE STANDARD Bill is now law. The new ordinance will add an earned sick leave requirement to his Living Wage and Benefits Law. Covered employers shall provide to each full-time, non-temporary, non-seasonal covered employee at least the number of earned sick leave days that the employer would have been required to provide to such employees if the provisions of Bill No. 080474-AA, as passed by Council on June 16, 2011, had been enacted into law rather than vetoed by the Mayor. The Mayor did not veto Goode’s bill.

The employers described below shall comply with the minimum compensation standards.
(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.

Goode’s Living Wage and Benefits Law already requires those 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.

Three other Goode bills are also law based on Mayoral action.

• LIVING WAGE & BENEFITS REVIEW COMMITTEE Bill - The Committee shall be composed of five (5) members, four of whom shall be representatives of the labor and business communities and one of whom shall be a representative of the Office of Labor Standards. No more than two (2) members shall be members of the business community. No members of the Committee shall be employed by an employer subject to the provisions of this Chapter, except that the member representing the Office of Labor Standards may be employed by the City.

• ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TRANSPARENCY Bill - . Within fifteen days of receiving certification, the contractor, developer or recipient of financial assistance shall submit a full and final copy of the economic opportunity plan to the Chief Clerk of Council and the certifying agency shall make a full and final version of the plan available for viewing and downloading on the City’s website.

• NEW CDC TAX CREDIT AGREEMENT Bill - The tax credit shall be available to up to thirty-five (35) businesses that enter into a contribution agreement with the City under which the business agrees to contribute $85,000 in cash per year for ten consecutive years to a qualifying community development corporation (CDC) designated by the business.

Philadelphia City Council has also approved Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.’s 2011 DEPOSITORY COMPLIANCE Bill. The legislation will remove M&T Bank from the authorized list of city depositories.

The 2011 Depository Compliance Bill enforces Goode’s Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Ordinance, which requires City depositories to annually submit goals for lending in low and moderate-income communities, as well as a long-term strategic plan to address any lending disparities disclosed in an annual study.

M&T Bank did not comply with the Goode ordinance. The banks that will remain as city depositories have complied with the Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Law.

“Under Section 6-300 of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, City Council has the authority to designate City depositories and fairly broad power to place conditions on such depositories,” Councilman Goode said. The Nutter Administration testified in support of the bill which the Mayor will soon sign into law. It will be Goode’s 70th bill to become law.

Councilman Goode was the recipient of a National Achievement Award from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) for his Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Law. He is the Keynote Speaker for the NCRC "Responsible Banking" national conference to be held in New York City this November.

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