Pennsylvania Government Contractors: What you need to know

Pennsylvania law requires each contract entered into by a government agency for the construction, alteration, or repair of any public building or work contain a provision by which the contractor agrees that (PA Stat. Tit. 62 Sec. 3701):
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• In the hiring of employees for work under the contract or subcontract, no contractor, subcontractor, or their agents will discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, or color against any state citizen who is qualified and available to work.
• No contractor, subcontractor, or their agents will discriminate against or intimidate on the basis of gender, race, creed, or color any employee hired to work under the contract.
• The contract may be canceled or terminated by the government agency involved and all money due may be forfeited for any violation.
Effective July 1, 2012, contractors with service contracts worth $250,000 or more must offer the same benefits to same-sex life partners of employees as they do spouses of employees. The new law applies to employees that reside in the city of Philadelphia or employees that are nonresidents subject to the Philadelphia wage tax. Covered employment benefits include health insurance benefits, including health, vision, and dental benefits; bereavement leave; family medial leave; moving expenses; memberships and membership discounts; and travel benefits.
An employee may verify a life partnership by satisfying the verification standards in Philadelphia Code Section 9-1123, by meeting the Code’s definition of “Life Partnership,” or by an official document evidencing a marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, or the equivalent under the laws of any state or country ...

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