Gov. Wolf “bans the box” on state employment applications

Gov. Wolf “bans the box” on state employment applications

While legislation to “ban the box”—otherwise known as removing a requirement to disclose prior criminal convictions on job applications—is pending, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday announced a policy shift with state employment that would bring the practice to future non-civil service hires under the governor’s jurisdiction.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committee advances legislation to strengthen Equal Pay Law

Senate committee advances legislation to strengthen Equal Pay Law

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee Wednesday unanimously advanced Senate Bill 241, legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware) that supporters say would strengthen Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law.

 

Currently, Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law disallows paying different wages for the same work based on one’s gender, but with exceptions including a merit-based wage system, a seniority-based wage system, a quantity/quality based system, and any other factor other than sex.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Adding on to state and local proposals already being floated, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (District 1) introduced on Thursday a proposal that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” from being practiced on LGBTQ youths within the city.

 

“Conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy, is a practice whereby a mental health professional tries to alter a person’s sexual identity or sexual orientation.

 

According to a statement, the ban would not apply to mainstream therapies that facilitate support or acceptance of LGBTQ identities, social support or identity exploration, or that address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Rep. White bills protecting law enforcement identification, punishing sanctuary cities advance in legislature

Rep. White bills protecting law enforcement identification, punishing sanctuary cities advance in legislature

Two high-profile and at times controversial bills sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) advanced in the legislative chambers in which they sat Monday.

 

The first bill to get legislative action was House Bill 1538, a bill which would protect the identity of a law enforcement officer involved in a use of force or shooting incident, which passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee with only Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) voting against the bill.

Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate committee examines proposal to create independent executive hearing office

Senate committee examines proposal to create independent executive hearing office

Testifiers came before Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Chair of Senate State Government committee, to speak about Senate Bill 413 and the possible creation of an Office of Administrative Hearing (OAH) as an independent piece of the executive department.

The prime sponsor of SB 413 is Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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