PHILADELPHIA – The Senate Labor and Industry Committee will hold a public hearing on October 6, 2015, at Philadelphia City Hall, Courtroom 676, beginning at 10:00 am to examine recent changes to unemployment compensation eligibility and potential negative impacts to seasonal workers. The hearing was originally scheduled to be held on September 14, 2015.
Majority Committee Chair Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) is convening the hearing as part of the Committee’s continued efforts to determine the extent of the problem and the practicality and cost of potential remedies.
In 2012, the General Assembly took measures to reduce a $4 billion debt to the federal government and ensure the long-term solvency of the unemployment compensation system. One significant adjustment modified how eligibility is calculated for seasonal employees, such as those in construction. Workers who earn 50.5 percent or more of their annual income in one quarter are no longer eligible to receive benefits.
Among those scheduled to provide testimony are Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino, representatives of statewide business and labor organizations, nationally recognized experts in the field of unemployment compensation, as well as employers and employees from the Philadelphia area.