For Immediate Release
October 17, 2019
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s latest proposal to dramatically alter overtime eligibility rules in Pennsylvania.
“This proposal is only minimally different from the Department’s initial proposal, which the PA Chamber opposed along with a broad range of stakeholders including nonprofits, higher education, local governments, small businesses among many others who described unsustainable cost increases and harm to workplace morale as employees are forced to be shifted from guaranteed salaries to hourly clock-in, clock-out positions. Hundreds of opposition comments were submitted to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, which ultimately echoed many of the same concerns and directed the Department to re-engage with stakeholders.
“As part of the rulemaking process the PA Chamber and a number of local chambers of commerce, at the request of the Department, convened roundtable meetings around the Commonwealth with employers from different sectors of the economy who shared their perspective on the unintended, but profoundly harmful, impact of this proposal. This included publicly-funded nonprofits who can’t raise prices and would likely be forced to cut services to vulnerable residents.
“Unfortunately, these concerns were largely disregarded in the Department’s latest version of the rule. We urge the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and lawmakers to consider the true impact of this proposal and reject it.”
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