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Philadelphia Prevailing Wage Law Expanded, Impact on Employers to be Determined

11.22.16

The article, “Philadelphia Prevailing Wage Law Expanded, Impact on Employers to be Determined,” featured in Penn Record, discusses whether a prevailing wage ordinance signed by Mayor Jim Kenney on Oct. 27 will force any affected employers in the city to resort to layoffs. The new law took effect immediately after the mayor signed the legislation.

Greg weighed in on this newly expanded law discussing who it may apply to and who it was designed to help.

Hanscom said the newly expanded law applies to some employers in the city receiving government funding, such as hospitals, universities, stadiums paying concessions workers and the convention center.

The law is particularly designed to help lower income workers, Hanscom said, and is part of a nationwide push to raise the minimum wage to $15.

“This is an ongoing effort in Philadelphia to raise wages,” Hanscom said. “(The mayor’s office is saying) minimum wage is not a living wage.”

To read the full article, please visit Penn Record.

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