COUNCILMEMBER GILMORE RICHARDSON INTRODUCES BILL REQUIRING BUSINESSES TO SHARE INFORMATION ON WORKFORCE TRAINING AND CAREER PATHWAYS

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(PHILADELPHIA) May 13, 2021 – Today, Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson (At Large) introduced a bill to require businesses to share information on workforce training and career pathways. 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. Employers 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.

“In order to lower our poverty rate, we need to make it easier for Philadelphians to earn additional skills and certifications,” said Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson. “We know that during the COVD-19 pandemic, workers without high school diplomas and in the lowest wage positions were hit hardest. We also know employers are having a hard time filling skilled jobs. By helping connect Philadelphians engaged in gig economy work or who have recently lost work to local training and skill building resources, we can make it easier for folks to explore new career opportunities and move into a family sustaining and supporting career and help create the skilled workforce employers need. Thank you to my colleagues who co-sponsored this important legislation.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Councilmembers Parker, Brooks, Domb, Henon, Gym, Bass, and Thomas.

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