Today, Philadelphia City Council passed legislation requiring city businesses that are subject to the minimum wage and benefits standard to provide paid sick leave. The bill applies only to those firms seeking city funding or tax breaks after July 2012. Earlier this fall efforts to pass a broader version of the bill failed.

While today’s legislation impacts fewer employers and excludes some non-profit organizations, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce opposed the measure citing concerns that the bill creates an uneven playing field for businesses in Philadelphia.

GPCC President and CEO Rob Wonderling said “While the legislation is well intended, it adds another cost of doing business for firms located in Philadelphia. No neighboring municipalities have similar requirements. This puts Philadelphia firms at a competitive disadvantage with those firms located in the suburbs.”

Contact: Liz Ferry, 215.790.3794