Discussion of New Federal Overtime Rules

Joint Hearing

Senate Appropriations and Labor and Industry Committees

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1



Opening Remarks, Senator Browne & Sen. Baker                                               10:00 to 10:15

Kathy Speaker MacNett, Esq.,  Skarlatos, Zonarich LLC                                   10:15 to 10:35

Robert W. Pritchard, Esq., Littler Mendelson P.C

Merry Bollheimer, JD, General Counsel and Vice President for Legal                 10:35 to 10:55
Affairs, Mercyhurst University

Richard S. Edley, PhD, President and CEO                                                         10:55 to 11:15
Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA)

Thomas G. Collins, Esq., Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., on
behalf of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association

Art Hoopes, President and CEO, Capital Healthcare Solutions

Dr. Scott Spreat, President and CEO, Woods Services, Inc.

Robert Commero, General Manager, The Pressroom Restaurant & Bar               11:15 to 11:30

Bob McCafferty, North Country Brewing Company


Ken Hess, DGS Deputy Secretary of Procurement                                              11:30 to 12:00

James Honchar, OA Deputy Secretary for Human Resources and Management

Sean Ramaley, L&I Deputy Secretary Safety & Labor/Management Relations

Additional Testimony

Diane P. Barber
Director Pennsylvania Child Care Association

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.,
President of Misericordia University

SB703 and public hearing to examine the future of apprenticeship programs in Pennsylvania

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

9  a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1


09:00 – 09:10
Opening Remarks – Sen. Lisa Baker, Sen. Tina Tartaglione

09:10 – 09:30
Consider Senate Bill 703 – Sen. Thomas McGarrigle Amendment – Sen. Lisa Baker

Senate Bill 703
Amendment A04089 – Senator Lisa Baker

Apprenticeship Panel

09:30 – 09:45
Senator Lloyd Smucker

09:45 – 10:00
Senator Mike Folmer

10:00 – 10:15
Eric Ramsay, Director, Apprenticeship & Training Office
Michael Stefan, Director of Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of Labor & Industry

10:15 – 10:25
Scott Sheely, PA Department of Agriculture, Special Assistant for Workforce Development

10:25 – 10:45 – Panel 1
David Sload – Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Christi Buker – Independent Electrical Contractors
George Hayden – Hayden Electric, Inc.
David Buell – State Apprenticeship Council

10:45 – 11:05 – Panel 2
Mike Schurr – Finishing Trades Institute
James Reppert – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 98
Terry Graboyes – Graboyes Commercial Windows

Additional Testimony:

Scott Sheely – PA Department of Agriculture
David Sload – ABC

Additional Testimony

Unemployment Compensation & Seasonal Workers Hearing

Senate Labor and Industry Committee


Unemployment Compensation & Seasonal Workers Hearing

October 6, 2015

Philadelphia, PA

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Senator Baker, Senator Tartaglione, Senator Wagner- Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Secretary Kathy Manderino, Department of Labor & Industry  – attachment 1, attachment 2

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Douglas J. Holmes, President, National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Rick Grimaldi, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, L.L.P.

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Rick Bloomingdale, President – AFL-CIO
Chris Geyer, Boilermakers 13
Frank Bankard, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542
Todd Farally, Sheet Metal Workers, Local 19

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 p.m.

Sharon Dietrich, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia
Julia Simon-Mishel, Public Benefits Unit, Philadelphia Legal Assistance

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Janet Cunningham, P.E., President, JBC Associates, Inc. (King of Prussia)
Carlson T. Williams, Associate/Director of Construction Inspection, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. (Philadelphia)

Unemployment Compensation and Seasonal Workers

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

August 4, 2015
9:30 a.m.
Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA


Act 60 Hardship Petition – Approximately 600 signatures to date

9:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Senator Lisa Baker, Chair
Senator Sean Wiley

9:40 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.

Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs
PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Geoff Moomaw, President
Interstate Tax Service, Inc.

Neal Lesher, Legislative Director
National Federation of Independent Business

10:05 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director
Laborers’ International Union of North America

Frank Sirianni, President
PA State Building and Construction Trades Council

Irwin Aronson, Attorney
Law Offices of Willig, Williams & Davidson

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Bob Latham, Vice President
Associated Pennsylvania Constructors

Joseph Hosey, Vice President
Joseph McCormick Construction Company

Patrick Traut
Russell Standard Corporation

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Eric Madden, Executive Vice President
American Council of Engineering Companies

Derek Rogers, Vice President, Operations
RIG Consulting, Inc.

Timothy Fahrney, Sr. Associate and Construction Service
Erdman, Anthony and Associates

Rogers and Fahrney Testimony

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Steve Friel

11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Felix Folletti, Council Representative
Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters

11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Additional Testimony:

Douglas Holmes

Senate Bill 889 and House Bill 315



JUNE 29, 2015
10:00 A.M.
ROOM 461

Sen. Lisa Baker comments on her bill that would extend heart and lung benefits to wildlife or waterways conservation officers. The bill was considered by the Labor and Industry Committee on June 29 and unanimously voted out:

HB 315 – Bill Summary – Rep. Ellis – Amends the Child Labor Act (Act 151 of 2012) to permit an individual who is at least 12 years of age to be employed as a “youth sports official.” A youth sports official is defined as a minor who enforces the rules and supervises the participants of a youth sporting event, including, but not limited to an umpire or referee. 12 and 13-year-old youth sports officials will not be required to procure a work permit and will be subject to the same hours limitations established for 14 and 15-year-old workers under current law.

SB 889 – Bill SummarySen. Baker – Extends benefits under the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law (also known as the Heart and Lung Act) to enforcement officers and investigators of both the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).


House Bill 400

Senate Labor & Industry Committee Meeting

June 9, 2015
Room 461


House Bill 400 (Rep. Gingrich) | Bill Summary — Establishes the “Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities Act” and imposes duties on the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Confirmation Hearing for Kathy Manderino for Secretary of Labor and Industry and Senate Bills 655 and 404

Senate Labor and Industry Committee




TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
10:00 A.M.
ROOM 461

Opening Statements – Sen. Baker/Sen. Tartaglione

Introduction of Acting Secretary Manderino by Sen. Shirley Kitchen

Kathy Manderino – Acting Secretary – Department of Labor & Industry



Consider SB 655 – BrowneBill Summary – An Act amending the Act of April 9, 1929, known as The Fiscal Code, in special funds, further providing for expiration. Extends the expiration date for the State Workers’ Insurance Fund to invest in equities from June 30, 2015 to June 30, 2019.

Consider SB 404 Argall | Bill Summary – An Act establishing guidelines and procedures governing certain investigations of correctional officers; authorizing certain civil suits by correctional officers; and providing for impact of collective bargaining agreements and for summary suspensions. (There may be an amendment to this bill)

10:30          Adjourn

Senate Labor and Industry Committee to Hold Hearing On Impacts of Increasing the Minimum Wage in PA

The Senate Labor and Industry Committee will hold a public hearing on at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5 in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg to hear testimony on the impacts of increasing the minimum wage, according to Committee Chair Senator Lisa Baker (R-20).

Among those scheduled to testify are representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the National Federation of Independent Business, business owners and employees.

CONTACT: Mike Cortez — 717-787-7428

Increasing the Minimum Wage

Hearing Agenda

Increasing the Minimum Wage

Senate Labor and Industry Committee

May 5, 2015
9 a.m. – North Office Building

9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Senator Lisa Baker, Chair
Senator Tina Tartaglione, Democratic Chair

9:10 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Sean Ramaley, Deputy Secretary, Safety and Labor-Management Relations
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

9:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

John Meyerson, Minimum Wage Advisory Board Member
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Neal Lesher, Legislative Director
National Federation of Independent Business

John Longstreet, President and CEO
Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
John Keisendahl, President – Background
Woodloch Resort

Maureen Metz, Vice President of Marketing
Cheryl McCann, Vice President of Human Resources
Metz Culinary Management

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Simon Arias, State General Agent
American Income Life – Simon Arias Agencies

Robert Fry, CEO
Bar Marco

Maria Perez, Child Care Worker
Chuck Harford, Grocery Store Worker

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Michael Hollander, Staff Attorney
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Mark Price, PhD, Labor Economist
Steve Hertzenberg, Labor Economist
Keystone Research Center

Rick Bloomingdale, President
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
John Dodds, Director
Philadelphia Unemployment Project

Rev. Sandra Strauss, Director of Public Advocacy
Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Sandra Thompson, Esq., First Vice Chair
Pennsylvania NAACP

12:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Additional Testimony:

Alissa Barron-Menza

Evelyn Dodds

Dr. Brendan Finucane

Susan Frietsch

Tom Herman