York County House Republicans Support Pro-Jobs Legislation
HARRISBURG – Legislation which figures to improve Pennsylvania’s employment picture is expected to be taken up on the House floor this week following unanimous passage Monday by the House Labor and Industry Committee, chaired by state Rep. Ron Miller (R-Jacobus). House Bill 1539, sponsored by Majority Whip state Rep. Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion), is also
co-sponsored by state Reps. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), and Will Tallman (R-Hanover).
“True economic recovery cannot be achieved without an improved job climate,” Miller said. “House Bill 1539 addresses Pennsylvania’s unemployment situation by implementing a system that pairs interested unemployed individuals with interested businesses seeking to hire for open positions.”
House Bill 1539 would establish The Keystone Works Program, which is patterned after the Georgia Works program, and would be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
“With Keystone Works, we place in front of potential workers stepping stones that lead out of our unemployment system,” Saylor said. “This commonsense measure simply partners Pennsylvanians who are receiving unemployment benefits with businesses who can train them to meet the specific needs of job positions currently being offered.”
“Businesses must be able to provide the claimant with a maximum of 24 hours of unpaid training weekly, for a maximum of eight weeks,” said Gillespie. “At the end of the eight-week training period, the business must consider the claimant for employment in the job opening, but is not required to hire the claimant.”
Claimants may also opt to continue participation in the program and are not required to accept an offer of employment at the end of the training period.
“We have an unemployment compensation system in Pennsylvania which is insolvent and stressed,” Grove commented. “The best way to resolve this dilemma is to get people off the rolls and back to work through an improved effort to reduce unemployment by matching workers with work.”
“This bill, coupled with the active job search requirement legislation passed last year, should help to get our economy moving faster in the right direction,” Tallman said. “House Bill 1539 has the support of the state Senate and Governor Tom Corbett, and should also have the support of Pennsylvanians who realize that an improved job climate equals a more rapidly improving economy and a better, stronger Pennsylvania.”
York County House Republican Delegation
Contact: Scott Little