The Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee, chaired by Representative Kauffman, will be considering a series of anti-worker, anti-union bills on Monday, September 24. These bills range from pre-empting local government policies, attacking prevailing wage, and a post-Janus attack on public sector unions.
- HB 861 (Introduced by Rep. Grove)- prohibits local governments from enacting any laws or ordinances regulating employer policies and practices or enforcing any mandate regarding employer policies and practices—in other words, preempting Philly’s paid leave law.
- HB 1781 (Introduced by Rep. Fred Keller)- allows an individual to be registered with L&I as an independent contractor (IC) where both the employer and the individual agree that no employer-employee relationship exists. It permits the business to file the registration completed by an individual who claims to be an IC for Federal income tax purposes with L&I and would ensure that a business which registers an individual as an IC is not liable for workers’ compensation benefits, or required to provide the IC insurance coverage or self-insure.
- HB 2571 (Introduced by Rep. Klunk)– the right-wing, anti-union response to Janus.
- HB 297 (Introduced by Rep. Dush)– would exempt work performed on dirt, gravel, and low-volume road maintenance projects from prevailing wage.
- HB 2593 (Introduced by Rep. Fred Keller)- Increases the time period a union member has to resign their membership in a union from 15 to 45 days.