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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 3, March 2011, Posted On: 3/12/2011

Tri-State Council Warns Of Personal-Leave Initiative In Philadelphia

Tim Sanford
Philadelphia City Council, minimum personal and sick leave days, National Automatic Merchandising Association, Tony Buckholz, Goodman Vending, vending machine operator, vending machine business, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would require employers to provide minimum personal and sick leave days to all employees, according to an alert sent out by the National Automatic Merchandising Association's eastern office (Arlington, VA).

Tony Buckholz of Goodman Vending (Reading, PA) informed NAMA of the measure, which appears to include part-time employees, as well as full-time staff. According to the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, employers with 10 or fewer employees would be required to pay five sick days a year. The leave could be taken not only if the employee were ill, but also could be used to care for sick family members.

"The legislation is also problematic for companies that have employees in multiple jurisdictions," the chamber noted. "As written, the measure will force companies to pay their Philadelphia employees at a different rate than non-city employees, thereby subjecting the company to legal ramifications.

"Businesses in Philadelphia face a host of challenges from a high tax burden to a tough regulatory climate," the chamber concluded. "Placing another unfunded mandate on business, particularly at this difficult economic time, is unwise."

A list of City Council members is accessible online at phila.gov/cityCouncil/CouncilMembers.html. The bill is under discussion now, so constituents with opinions on the issue should act immediately to make their voices heard.

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