The mandatory sick pay bill that the Chamber had worked to oppose was vetoed by the Mayor last month and failed to gain the necessary votes from City Council to override the veto. The Chamber was pleased to see the unfunded mandate stopped from becoming law. However, there remains another similar measure before Council that the Chamber feels will cost the city jobs.

On September 8, Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. introduced legislation that would expand the Living Wage and Benefits Law to include earned sick time at the same rate as the aforementioned bill that was vetoed. You can review the bill here. Employers affected by the Goode bill include: 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; 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; recipients of City leases, concessions, or franchises, or subcontractors thereof, which employ more than 25 employees; City financial aid recipients.

Today, the Chamber testified before Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Commerce and Economic Development on the Goode Bill. We believe that future job growth in our region will be driven by the for-profit and non-profit sectors, not from increased government payrolls. In an effort to advance this agenda, we shared in our testimony our ‘Principles for Economic Competitiveness’ that we plan to use as a tool and guide for assessing legislative measures at all levels of government.

Although the bill affects a much smaller universe of employers than vetoed Bill 080474-AA, we believe these regulations clearly puts Philadelphia in a less competitive position. To be consistent with our position that unfunded mandates are not in the best interest of jobs creation and enhanced competitiveness, we opposed the measure.

Read a copy of our testimony here.