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Rep. Seth Grove bill to stop local employee-leave mandates goes before full Pa. House

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A midstate lawmaker's bill to stop local governments in Pennsylvania from passing ordinances to make companies give leave time to their employees passed a committee vote this week and is before the full state House.

The measure would not allow political subdivisions in the commonwealth to mandate vacation and other paid or unpaid time off that isn't required by state or federal law.

The local government also would not be allowed to make leave time paid if it's not already required to be so by the state or federally.

The legislation would not apply to passing mandates for a political subdivision's own employees and also grandfathers in local requirements enacted before the beginning of next year.

State Rep. Seth Grove, R-York County, cited a measure passed by the city council in Philadelphia, but vetoed by Mayor Michael Nutter, to require businesses there with more than five employees to offer up to 56 hours of paid time off a year, according to a news release.

In addition to being unfair to small businesses, forcing corporations to comply with a different standard in one location would detract from Pennsylvania attracting large employers, the release stated.

Twelve states have already passed preemption legislation, the release stated.

The House Labor and Industry Committee voted Grove's legislation, House Bill 1807, out of committee Monday along party lines.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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