Meeting to consider HB 2648

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Monday, October 24 | Off the floor

Rules Room


Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 2648

  • HB 2648 (Lawrence) – Amends the Administrative Code of 1929 to direct the Office of
    Inspector General to appoint agents to investigate fraud in the unemployment
    compensation program.

    •  A05801 (Robinson) – Requires the Office of Inspector General to provide a report
      to the General Assembly regarding the personnel required, costs, and other
      relevant factors necessary to investigate fraud in the unemployment
      compensation program. Moves the Public Works Employment Verification Act
      under the Administrative Code and makes changes to the Act to increase
      penalties and length of debarment for violations and provide additional revenue
      to the Department of General Services for enforcement.
    • A05813 (Bartolotta) – Repeals Article XII-B of the Administrative Code
      (Coordination of Commonwealth Community Service Programs) and replaces it
      with Article XXII-C (PennSERVE).

 

Meeting to consider the nomination of Elena Cross to the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review; and a notice of intent to review Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Regulation #52-013 (IRRC No. 3339)

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, October 25 | 10:30

East Wing, Room 8E-A


Agenda

Meeting to consider the nomination of Elena Cross to the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review; and a notice of intent to review Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Regulation #52-013 (IRRC No. 3339)

Schedule

  • To consider the nomination of Elena Cross to the Unemployment Compensation Board of
    Review – Testimony
  • To consider a notice of intent to review Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
    Regulation #52-013 (IRRC No. 3339)

Meeting to consider SB 1319 and HB 2079

Senate Labor & Industry Committee

September 21, 2022 | 10 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1319 and HB 2079

Schedule

SB 1319 (Argall) – Amends the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Law to provide that
employers are deemed to have paid UC contributions in quarters during a COVID-19
disaster emergency, even if no contributions were made.

  • A05560 (Bartolotta) – Establishes the provision in a different section of UC Law,
    clarifies the time frame the provision applies, and fixes an inconsistency in the
    “Definitions” section of the law between federal and state law.

HB 2079 (Delozier) – Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to allow for the
use of refrigerants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Meeting to consider SB 1147

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

May 24, 2022 | 10 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1147

Schedule

SB 1147 (Robinson) – Amends the Public Works Employment Verification Act to increase penalties and length of debarment for violations and provides additional revenue to the Department of General Services for enforcement.

    • A04190 (Robinson) – Limits the maximum debarment period to three years for willful violations and makes a technical correction.

Meeting to consider SB 1083 and SB 1162

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 | 10 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1083 and SB 1162

Schedule

SB 1083 (Baker) – Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to provide that the spouse of an active-duty member of the Armed Forces shall not be disqualified from unemployment compensation eligibility for voluntarily leaving employment if the voluntary quit was the result of having to relocate due to permanent change of station, activation orders, or deployment orders, and such relocation would make it impractical or unreasonably difficult for the military spouse to continue employment with their employer.

A03873 (Tartaglione)

SB 1162 (Bartolotta/Tartaglione) – Creates a free-standing PennSERVE Act, establishing the Office of PennSERVE and the PennSERVE Advisory Board, and repeals Article XXII-B of the Administrative Code where those entities are currently established.

Meeting to consider SB 569, SB 993 and HB 129

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, February 7, 2022 | Off the Floor

Room 461, Main Capitol

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 569, SB 993 and HB 129

Schedule

SB 569 (Argall) – Establishes procedures to be followed when state correctional officers and forensic employees are under investigation and requires that state correctional officers suspended pending investigation continue to receive pay and benefits unless a criminal proceeding has been instituted under the Governor’s Code of Conduct.

SB 993 (J. Ward) – Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to eliminate requirements on agricultural employers and H-2A workers to pay unemployment compensation (UC) taxes.

HB 129 (Cox) – Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to change the default method by which UC hearings are held from in-person hearings to videoconference and telephone hearings.

  • A03619 (Bartolotta) – Allows a party to a UC hearing to request an in-person hearing for any reason while still allowing other parties to participate by videoconference or telephone, unless the referee determines that all parties must participate in person to ensure a fair hearing.

 

Meeting to consider HB 1819, HB 1829, and HB 1837

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Agenda

Meeting to consider HB 1819, HB 1829, and HB 1837

Schedule

  • HB 1819 (Labs) – Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to clarify that a claimant may not take actions, such as skipping an interview, to discourage their reemployment.
  • HB 1829 (Ecker) – Amends the Child Labor Act by modernizing the work permit issuing process to eliminate the requirement that the minor appear in-person to sign the permit and be examined by the issuing officer. 
  • HB 1837 (Irvin) – Amends the Workers Compensation Act to allow a claimant to appear before a workers compensation judge and provide a sworn statement that they understand the terms of a compromise and release agreement.

Meeting to consider SB 320, SB 634, SB 775 and HB 723

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Meeting to consider SB 320, SB 634, SB 775 and HB 723

AGENDA

SB 320 (Bartolotta) – Establishes the Broadcast Freemarket Agreement Act, prohibiting non-compete agreements in broadcast contracts to the extent the non-compete restricts movement to a new employer or movement within a geographic area.

SB 634 (Laughlin) – Amends the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to require municipalities using third party agencies for enforcement to utilize at least two third party agencies.

SB 775 (Bartolotta) – Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to clarify the requirements for a first responder to establish a post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) workers’ compensation claim.

HB 723 (Mizgorski) – Amends the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Act to bring it into compliance with federal law as provided for in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

*A02313 (potential)

Joint public hearing on the importance of adult education as part of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system

JOINT HEARING

Senate Education Committee AND Senate Labor & Industry Committee

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


Joint public hearing on the importance of adult education as part of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system

9 to 9:15 – Introductions

Senator Camera Bartolotta, Chair, Labor & Industry Committee
Senator Scott Martin, Chair, Education Committee
Senator Christine Tartaglione, Minority Chair, Labor & Industry Committee
Senator Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair, Education Committee 

9:15 to 9:45 – State Perspective

Dr. Tanya Garcia, Acting Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education – Testimony
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Amanda Harrison, Chief, Division of Adult Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Sheila Ireland, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development – Testimony
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

9:45 to 11 – Adult Education Career Pathways

Provider 1

Cheryl Hiester, Executive Director – Testimony
The Literacy Council of Lancaster and Lebanon

Ernesto Matos, RN
Union Community Care

Jenni Black, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer
Union Community Care

Provider 2

Carey Harris, CEO – TestimonyAttachment
Literacy Pittsburgh

Jeff Nobers, Executive Director – Testimony
Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania

Dimero Dixon, Laboror (written testimony only) – Testimony
Southwest Aluminum and Glass

Provider 3

Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President and CEO – Testimony
Peirce College

Tara Butler, Medical Coding Professional – Testimony
Penn Medicine

Provider 4

Carlos Graupera, CEO – Testimony
Spanish American Civic Association and SACA Development

Sue Martin, Senior Recruiter – Testimony
Penn Medicine

Provider 5

Dr. Kim Rassau, Executive Director
Manchester-Bidwell Training Center

Angelo Nardozi, Mechanical Test Lab Supervisor
US Steel

Lorraine Wasky, Chemical Lab Technician
SKC, Inc.

Additional Written Testimony:

Beyond Literacy – Testimony

Rebecca Watts – Testimony