Public hearing on SB 320 (Non-compete clauses in broadcast employment agreements)

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Thursday, June 10, 2021 |11:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 and Virtual Participation

Public hearing on SB 320 (Non-compete clauses in broadcast employment agreements)

11:00 to 11:15    Introductions

Senator Camera Bartolotta, Chairwoman
Senator Christine Tartaglione, Minority Chairwoman

11:15 to noon    Broadcast Employee Panel

Kerri Wood Einertson, National Legislative Director, SAG-AFTRA  – Testimony
Mary Cavallaro, Chief Broadcast Executive, SAG-AFTRA  – Testimony
Sam Clover, Traffic Reporter, KYW Newsradio – Philadelphia  – Testimony
Pat Ciarrocchi, Retired Anchor, CBS3 – Philadelphia  – Testimony
Stoney Richards, Radio Host, Y108 (WDSY-FM) – Pittsburgh  – Testimony

Noon to 12:45    Broadcast Employer Panel

Bob Bee, Vice President and General Manager, WHTM ABC 27 – Harrisburg
Chris Topf, Vice President and General Manager, WPMT Fox 43 TV – York
Ezio Torres, General Manager, Radio1/Urban1 – Philadelphia
Joe Conti, President, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters – Testimony  – Additional Testimony

12:45 to 1:00    Closing Remarks

Meeting to consider SB 567, SB 617, SB 689, and HB 664

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 9:30 a.m.

NOB, Hearing Room 1 and Virtual Participation

SB 567 (Brooks) – Requires the use of the Department of Homeland Security’s CISA guidance to identify essential businesses in future disaster declarations.

SB 617 (Tartaglione) – Requires an employer to provide up to six weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to an eligible employee to care for a terminally ill sibling, grandparent or grandchild, provided the sibling, grandparent or grandchild has no living spouse, child over 17 years of age or parent under 65 years of age.

SB 689 (Baker) – Requires the Department of Labor & Industry to reinstitute UC work search and job registration requirements.

HB 664 (Hershey) – Allows minors to operate temporary businesses, such as lemonade stands, in municipalities or homeowners associations without having to obtain a business license or permit.

Meeting to consider SB 319, SB 486, SB 563, and HB 178


Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 12:00 noon

NOB, Hearing Room 1 and Virtual Participation

SB 319 (Bartolotta) – Amends the Workers’ Compensation Act to clarify that employers may recoup medical expenses paid to an employee for a workplace injury when a settlement or award of damages is obtained against a third party for the same injury.

SB 486 (Sabatina) – Amends the Workforce Development Act to provide members of the PA National Guard and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces who serve on active duty, as well as their spouses, preference for placement into job training programs for one year after discharge.

SB 563 (Laughlin) – Amends the Fire and Panic Act to require interconnected smoke detectors in family child care homes.

HB 178 (James) – Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law to increase the time a party (claimant or employer) has to file an appeal to a determination from a UC Service Center or a decision from a UC Referee.

  • A00813 (Bartolotta) – Provides for delivery of appeal notices by electronic means to claimants and employers who opt for that form of delivery and makes technical changes to correct errors made in Act 144 of 2016.

Meeting to consider SB69, SB147, SB 168, SB191 and HB157

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation

  • SB 69 (Langerholc) – Establishes the Recovery to Work program to provide individuals in recovery from addiction with career development opportunities and exposure to high-priority and in-demand occupations and interview and soft skills training and to provide Local Workforce Development Boards with funding to support program and business partners in implementing pilot programs. 
  • SB 147 (Langerholc) – Requires employers who have a certified safety committee as part of their Workers’ Compensation program to include information about the risks associated with the use of opioids.
  • SB 168 (Hughes) – Adds “forward-facing employment data” as a criteria to be used by the Department of Labor and Industry when identifying industry clusters and targeted industry clusters and imposes additional requirements on the Department for producing and disseminating employment data.
  • SB 191 (J. Ward) – Excludes historic agricultural buildings used for weddings, receptions and similar social events from the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act so long as certain safety conditions are met.
  • HB 157 (Fee) – Repeals Act 109 of 1978, which established the Milrite Council. Act 109 provided for a limited duration of the council, which terminated at the end of 1994.

Public hearing on Lay-Offs and All-Electronic Tolling at the PA Turnpike Commission


Virtual Joint Public Hearing

Senate Transportation Committee and Senate Labor & Industry Committee 

Monday, June 15, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation

10:00 a.m.                 Opening Remarks

  • Senator Kim Ward, Chair, Senate Transportation Committee
  • Senator John Sabatina, Democratic Chair
  • Senator Camera Bartolotta, Chair, Senate Labor & Industry Committee
  • Senator Christine Tartaglione, Democratic Chair

10:10 a.m.                 PA Turnpike Commission

  • Questions from Committee Members 

11:10 a.m.                 Labor Relations

  • William Hamilton, International Vice President-East, Teamsters
  • Charles Gaston, Teamsters Local Union 250
  • Questions from Committee Members 

12:00 p.m. (est)       Closing Remarks

Other Testimony Received

Meeting to consider House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution #1

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (approx. 7:15 p.m.)

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)

Meeting to consider House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution #1


House Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution Number 1 – The concurrent resolution would prohibit the Department of Labor & Industry from publishing Regulation #12-106, which updates the minimum wage and overtime exemptions for administrative, executive and professional employees.

Public hearing on Unemployment Compensation Issues during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Senate Labor & Industry Committee AND Senate Communications & Technology Committee
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.

Senate Chamber and Remote Participation



The Senate Labor and Industry Committee and Senate Communications and Technology Committee held a joint hearing to examine the problems with the Unemployment Compensation (UC) system that have created significant delays in assistance and extreme frustrations from claimants.

Some of the topics discussed during the hearing included:

  • *The number of claimants who have applied for benefits and have not yet received payments.
  • *The Department of Labor and Industry’s early efforts to plan for the influx of claims and increased call volumes during the pandemic.
  • *The troubled roll-out of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
  • *How the hundreds of millions of dollars of funding for UC computer and technology upgrades authorized by the General Assembly was used to actually improve the system.
  • *The timeline for the hundreds of thousands of outstanding claims to be processed.
  • *How getting more employers and employees back to work will impact the UC system.

1:00 to 1:15     Introductions

Senator Camera Bartolotta, Chair, Labor & Industry Committee
Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill, Chair, Communications & Technology Committee
Senator Christine Tartaglione, Minority Chair, Labor & Industry Committee
Senator Tim Kearney, Minority Chair, Communications & Technology Committee 

1:15 to 2:15     Panel #1 

Jerry Oleksiak, Secretary
Department of Labor & Industry

Bob O’Brien, Executive Deputy Secretary
Department of Labor & Industry           

Bill Trusky, Deputy Secretary for UC Programs
Department of Labor & Industry

2:15 to 3:00     Panel #2 

Chris Hackett, President and CEO

Alex Halper, Director, Government Affairs
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry                                   

Julia Simon-Mishel, Supervising Attorney, Unemployment Compensation Unit
Philadelphia Legal Assistance             

Meeting to consider SB 935

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rules Room

Senate Bill 935 (Laughlin) – Amends the Fire and Panic Act to require interconnected smoke detection devices in family child care homes.

  • Amendment A04672 (Bartolotta)