Policies and Legislation

Extension for City Revitalization and Improvement Zones (CRIZ) Program

House Bill 1437 provides for an extension within the City Revitalization and Improvement Zones (CRIZ) program of the deadline for qualified businesses to file the required report from June 15, 2020, to August 31, 2020, in response COVID-19 and the ongoing disaster emergency, as well as authorizes additional uses of CRIZ State Tax monies by a contracting authority and makes revisions to the state’s Rural Jobs and Investment Tax Credit.

Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit Program

The PA House passed House Bill 732 which would offer tax credits to attract industries that use methane in the manufacture of petrochemicals or fertilizers. The Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit Program would provide a tax credit against 20 percent of annual tax liabilities to companies.

The credit would only be awarded once the initial 30-month construction phase of a project facility is complete with a $400 million investment and the creation of at least 800 prevailing wage construction jobs and permanent full-time jobs (with every effort made by the company to employ workers from the local labor market). In addition, the company is required to pay all taxes due during the multi-year construction phase of the facility, and the facility must utilize carbon capture and sequestration technology when economically able.

The House approved the measure 163-38 on Tuesday after substantial debate. Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign it into law. 

Fair Workweek Regulations

The City of Philadelphia has posted the final Fair Workweek Regulations for service, hospitality, and retail workers. 

Employers should look to the regulations for additional guidance and clarification on the law. Included in the regulations are: 

  • Examples of good faith estimates.
  • Categories of covered workers. 
  • Predictability pay for tipped employees.
  • Qualifiers for significant change.
  • Examples of predictability pay.

The final regulations state that the good faith estimates requirement for existing employees will not be in effect until July 1, 2020. However, good faith estimates should be provided to newly hired employees as defined by the law and regulations beginning with the April 1, 2020 effective date.

The full list of Regulations can be found Philadelphia Records website

For a breakdown of what the Regulations mean for your business, check out this article from the Philadelphia Government’s website. 

Tobacco Regulations

  • Bill No. 190804: It is now illegal to sell certain e-cigarettes and other vaping products in the City of Philadelphia, except in an
    establishment with an active Adults-Only Electronic Smoking Device (ESD) Establishment License issued by the
    Department of Public Health. Restricted vaping products include: (1) all flavored vaping products, except
    tobacco-flavored vaping products, and (2) all unflavored or tobacco-flavored nicotine salt-based vaping
    products unless their nicotine concentration is 20 mg/ml or lower. Learn more

  • Bill No. 180457: It is now illegal to sell flavored cigars, cigarillos, and loose tobacco in the City of Philadelphia. The only retailers
    that are exempted from this rule are specialty tobacco shops, which are adults-only establishments with no food
    or beverage service that derive 90% or more of their revenue from tobacco sales; stores meeting these criteria
    may apply to the Department to continue selling these products. Learn more.

Single-Use Plastic Ban

“Philadelphia City Council passed a bill in December that will ban retailers from providing customers with single-use plastic bags, ending a 12-year effort to enact the environmentally minded legislation.

Businesses affected include supermarkets, convenience stores, service stations, department stores, dollar stores, clothing stores, restaurants, food trucks, farmers’ markets, dry cleaners, and delivery services.” Learn more.