Posted by Jolene Nieves on May 05, 2016 at 5:08 PM
We're trying something new on BobbyHenon.com. Every Thursday after session, we'll be posting a recap of what Councilman Henon did that session.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
- Councilman Henon introduced a resolution calling for a hearing on the City's enforcement of employee classification.
The intentional misclassification of employees as "independent contractors" is a way for employers to undercut workers and deny them access to fair wages, benefits, workplace protections, overtime, leave and unemployment insurance. It also prevents the City of Philadelphia from collecting the appropriate tax revenue and license fees related to the work done by independent contractors.
The hearing will look at whether the city is in compliance and has a plan to address worker misclassification as guided by the U.S. Department of Labor Administrator's Interpretation No. 20151 and applied locally with specific expansions by City Council's 2013 Bills bills 120775 and 120776.
In light of last week's hearing on the Verizon Franchise Agreement and the State Senate's forward motion on PA Senate Bill 984 which will legalize and regulate Transportation Network Services, like Lyft and Uber, employee classification is highly visible.
- Councilman Henon introduced a resolution calling for a hearing to follow up on the state of accessibility of Philadelphia's taxis and Transportation Network Services providers.
The first hearing on this issue, held in February 2014, focused on taxi cabs and whether they were accessible to disabled Philadelphians.
With the widespread popularity of Transportation Network Services, like Lyft and Uber, the issues around accessibility need to be revisited to include these ride providers in addition to taxi services.
PA Senate Bill 984, which seeks to legalize and regulate Transportation Network Services in Philadelphia, does not explicitly require that Transportation Network Services providers comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The Bill also allows for Transportation Network Services providers to refer a rider to another provider without assurances that the provider exists, is available or can provide the needed service.
- Councilman Henon participated in a presentation, sponsored by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, honoring Patrick Murphy for his recent appointment as the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army.
"Patrick Murphy is one of Philadelphia's favorite sons. An Iraq war veteran, a U.S. Congressman and a great public servant, Patrick Murphy is an advocate for and asset to the U.S. Army," said Councilman Henon. "I want to thank my colleague and friend Councilman Johnson for celebrating Patrick Murphy."