Key Labor Legislation Pending

H.B. 665 (Marsico) would amend the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act to further define “maintenance work” and “public work” for purposes of excluding the following projects from prevailing wage:

(i) Replacement in kind, or compliance with current Department of Transportation design criteria and standards, of guide rails, curbs, pipes, line painting and other related road equipment.
(ii) Repair of pavement service.
(iii) Widening of existing alignment without adding lanes or new shoulders.
(iv) Bridge cleaning, resurfacing, nonstructural repairs or improvements and painting, except when combined with complete bridge rehabilitation.
This bill received second consideration on the House Floor and was re-reported as committed from the House Appropriations Committee on June 28, 2013. On October 21, 2013, H.B. 665 was removed from the table.


H.B. 796 (Millard) would amend the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act to raise the threshold for public work projects subject to the prevailing wage from $25,000 to $75,000. This bill received second consideration on the House Floor on June 28, 2013 and was removed from the table on October 21, 2013.

H.B. 976 would provide standards to protect the rights of correctional officers during certain investigations by the Department of Corrections, including rights during interrogations and protection of employment, pay and benefits. A bargaining agreement, if it is stronger, would supersede these rights for an officer who is a union member; however, a bargaining agreement would not reduce these rights. This bill received first consideration on the House Floor and was laid on the table October 16, 2013.


H.B. 982 (Delozier) would amend the Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 to prohibit a subcontractor from filing a lien for improvements made to residential property if the owner or tenant has paid the contractor in full; the property is, or is intended to be, the residence of the owner or tenant; and the residential property is a building that consists of one or two dwelling units used, intended or designed to be built, used, rented, or leased for living purposes. On October 23, 2013, the bill received second consideration on the House Floor and was re-committed to the Appropriations Committee.


S.B. 802 (Corman) would amend the Boiler and Unfired Pressure Vessel Law to modernize and clarify the law by updating the national standards applied to boilers and unfired pressure vessels; authorizing L&I to promulgate regulations to certify authorized private inspection agencies to employ commissioned inspectors and engage in the business of inspecting boilers and unfired pressure vessels; providing an administrative penalty up to $2,500 and enforcement of that penalty; further defining equipment to clarify the types of devices referenced; excluding from coverage boilers and unfired pressure vessels located in agricultural buildings; and providing guidance on the right to file appeals of certain decisions to the Industrial Board and Commonwealth Court. On October 23, 2013, the bill was reported as amended by the House Labor and Industry Committee, passed by the House on first consideration and re-committed to the House Appropriations Committee.