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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 30, 2014 12:58 PM
From: Representative Seth M. Grove
To: All House members
Subject: State Preemption for Local Mandated Leave Ordinances (Former HB1960)
In the near future, I plan on reintroducing House Bill 1960 from the 2013-2014 session that would provide state preemption for local mandated leave ordinances.

Over the past few years, local governments across the nation have passed legislation which dictate leave requirements to businesses of all sizes. Most recently, the City of Philadelphia attempted to pass a bill that would require businesses with more than five employees to provide up to 56 hours of paid time off a year, regardless of the type of business and any current policy that is in place. The 56 hours could be used for nearly any reason. Not all businesses are the same and a blanket policy that does not recognize these differences only hurts small businesses struggling in this current economy.

Local mandates such as this not only create an uneven playing field for the businesses located inside the municipality, but as more governments jump on board, businesses with more than one location are forced to comply with a variety of different and changing mandates.

I believe it is up to the business owner how best to run his or her business. If a change is made regarding leave requirements, it should be a decision of the state, not local government. Twelve states have already passed preemption bills. I urge you to join me in sponsoring this legislation which would clarify local municipalities may not mandate a local leave policy.

Previous Cosponsors: James, Aument, Pickett, Everett, Fee, Swanger, Barrar, R. Miller, Helm, Tallman, Masser, Quinn, Milne, Bloom, Marisco, Denlinger and F. Keller

If you have questions, please contact Jordan Grant by phone at (717) 767 3947 or by email at Jgrant@pahousegop.com

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Introduced as HB184