Mandatory paid leave policy preemption

Earlier this week, I attended the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (PRLA) Annual Membership Meeting in Hershey, PA. During the conference, a PRLA government affairs representative indicated that passing legislation to preempt mandatory paid leave efforts in Pennsylvania was a top priority for the PRLA. Earlier this year, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed legislation that would require Philadelphia employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. In recent years, legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick leave has been adopted by the cities of Seattle and Portland. Portland’s law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The PRLA expects the issue to arise again this year in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. PRLA believes that private sector employee benefit decisions should not be determined by local governments as these policies deter job creation and place businesses at a competitive disadvantage. The preemption would also establish a level playing field for businesses located in the Commonwealth.

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