(PHILADELPHIA) June 10, 2021 – Today, Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson’s (At Large) bill to require businesses to share information on workforce training and career pathways passed out of the Committee on Labor and Civil Service. The workforce development and career pathways information sheet would be created and periodically updated by the Department of Labor, and it would include information on jobless benefits, career and technical skills training, educational opportunities, and other related information. Businesses would be required to supply the sheet at the point of separation with an employee. Ride sharing and food delivery companies would need to provide the sheet to workers within 30 days of their start date. A technical amendment was offered to the bill at the request of the Department of Labor. The bill is supported by the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works, Philadelphia OIC, and The District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund.
“Philadelphia has dealt with a stratified job market for decades, with the vast majority of growth in low skill and high skill positions” said Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson. “In order to move people into family sustaining careers and support economic and business growth, we need to upskill our labor force to ensure Philadelphians are being hired in industries that offer the most opportunity. By helping connect Philadelphians engaged in gig economy work or who have been laid off to local training and skill building resources, we can make it easier for folks to explore new career opportunities. Thank you to everyone who testified at today’s hearing and my colleagues for their support.”