For Immediate Release
July 18, 2019
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to overturn the Commonwealth and Allegheny County courts and uphold Pittsburgh’s controversial paid leave mandate.
“We have had serious concerns with the Pittsburgh ordinance since it was passed in 2015 and now fear this court decision will have a negative impact on the state’s overall business climate. Beyond the costs and administrative burdens, employers have raised a number of specific concerns with the ordinance including that employees can use leave in as little as one-hour increments with no prior notification and employers cannot request any documentation that the entitlement was utilized for an eligible purpose until the third consecutive day of leave. Additionally troubling, construction unions are specifically exempt from the mandate – a special carve-out that appears consistent with efforts across the country to tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor through legislation.
“One-size-fits-all employer mandates often turn into one-size-fits-none, as employers are prevented from developing policies that account for their particular workplace needs. This decision could initiate a patchwork of employment policies throughout the state’s thousands of municipalities, which will increase the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth and will send a red flag to employers looking to expand or invest here. To that end, we are urging the General Assembly to pass – and Gov. Tom Wolf to sign – House Bill 331, which would affirm the state’s responsibility for regulating employment policies.”
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