Labor & Industry 2019-2020
The Senate Labor & Industry Committee met on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to consider the following:
SB 94, PN 69 (Martin) – This bill would ensure workers compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters, volunteer fire police, and members of a volunteer ambulance corps if injured in the performance of their duties. Senator Tartaglione offered amendment A01842 on behalf of Senator Yudichak. This amendment would make volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel eligible for worker’s comp if they are injured while providing assistance on state game lands. The amendment was agreed to unanimously and the bill was reported from committee as amended (also unanimous).
SB 601, PN 670 (Sabatina) – This legislation would amend the Workforce Development Act to give recently discharged PA National Guard members – and their spouses- preferential placement into job training programs. The bill was unanimously reported as committed.
The Senate Labor & Industry Committee met on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to consider the following:
SB 91, PN 67 (Hughes) – This Bill amends the Workforce Development Act to require the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) to collect and publish data on emerging and projected future employment sectors in the Commonwealth. The intention is that this information be used by educational institutions, amongst others, to prepare people for the jobs of the future. Senator Tartaglione offered amendment A01170, which was technical in nature. The amendment was approved unanimously. The bill was reported from committee as amended (also unanimous).
SB 118, PN 107 (Langerholc) – This bill will establish the Recovery to Work Pilot Program within the Department of Labor and Industry. The goal of the program is to connect individuals in recovery from a drug addiction with high-priority occupations through local workforce development boards. Senator Bartolotta offered amendment A01226, which makes technical changes and clarifies how the Department may fund the program. The amendment was approved unanimously. The bill was reported from committee as amended (also unanimous).
SB 140, PN 287 (Killion) – This legislation creates the Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Act and provides an employee up to six weeks of unpaid leave to care for the eligible employee’s sibling, grandparent or grandchild, if the sibling, grandparent or grandchild: does not have a living spouse, child over 17 years of age or parent under 65 years of age and has a certified terminal illness. Senator Bartolotta offered amendment A01204, which provides funding for enforcement. The amendment was approved unanimously. On the bill, Senator Mensch expressed concerns this legislation may have on businesses. In response Senator Bartolotta noted that the leave provided for in this bill is unpaid. The committee approved SB 140 unanimously, as amended.
The Senate Labor & Industry Committee met on Tuesday, April 9 to consider the following:
SB 304, PN 282 (Baker) – This bill amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to clarify that a spouse’s move to follow his or her active duty husband or wife will not be considered “voluntarily leaving work” for unemployment compensation purposes. The bill was reported from committee as committed by a vote of 9-0.
SB 453, PN 448 (J. Ward) – This bill amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to exempt agricultural buildings (i.e. barns) used for social events from the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code. The bill was reported as committed by a vote of 6-3.
Senator Christine Tartaglione