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PA Overtime Rule

On June 12, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry published proposed regulations to update the Commonwealth's overtime pay rules, calling for increasing the minimum salary threshold (salary level test) for employees to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to overtime requirements. Under the proposed regulations, the current minimum salary level for these exemptions, $455 per week or $23,660 annually, would be increased over three years to $921 per week, or $47,892 annually, and then be adjusted for inflation thereafter. See the Pennsylvania Bulletin Proposed Rulemaking and Regulatory Analysis Form for more information.

Budget Impasse Bill (HB398)

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R–Bucks) has introduced HB 398 – the Budget Impasse Bill – and he has asked PANO to participate in a nonprofit coalition promoting passage of the bill.

If there is a budget impasse this year, the bill will allow for:
• The continuation of payments based on prior year levels to organizations providing essential services; and
• The payment of interest on any loans/lines of credit drawn as a result of delayed grant and contract payment for essential services.

The House Human Services Committee will be reviewing this bill on Tuesday, March 22, 2017.

PANO supports HB 398 and asks members to contact their state House members, asking them to support this bill.

For your convenience, PANO has created a sample letter that you can use to send to your legislator. Contact PANO's Executive Director, Anne Gingerich with any questions.

PA Budget Impasse

In 2015-16 Pennsylvania went through a 9-month budget impasse. PANO partnered with the United Way of Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership to administer a survey, developing a brief but compelling snapshot of how the nine (9)-month budget delay affected 176 nonprofit organizations and the clients they serve across all 67 Pennsylvania counties. Check out the full report below to learn more.

PA House Human Services Committee Hearing

The PA House Human Services Committee held a hearing on the impact of Pennsylvania’s FY 2015-2016 budget impasse on June 9, 2016.

PANO testified in partnership with the United Way of Pennsylvania and PANO member, Friendship Community. Other nonprofits affected by the delayed budget also testified, including:
- Public Health Management Corporation
- Congreso
- The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership
- Community Human Services Corporation
- County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
- Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste

Press Releases

Nonprofits, School Districts and the General Assembly Go Into Debt Due to the Budget Impasse - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is ending its fourth month without a budget. As a direct result of this impasse, nonprofit organizations, school districts and even the House and the Senate have gone into debt to continue operating.

Nonprofit Workforce Negatively Affected By the Budget Impasse - As a direct result of the budget impasse, nonprofit organizations have laid off or furloughed employees or reduced staff hours. Some individuals have been working without pay and hundreds of employees have lost access to employee benefits.

Luzerne County - R-2016-57

In late summer 2016 the Luzerne County Council adopted R-2016-57, a resolution compelling nonprofits receiving the County’s discretionary funding to disclose certain information on their own websites or the Luzerne County’s website such as copies of board minutes and other information already included in their Form 990s. Because the requirements were unduly burdensome, exceeded the bounds of accepted best practices and those required by nonprofit corporate law, and were in some cases an invasion of privacy, PANO wrote a letter to the County Solicitor responding to the resolution. The Country responded by requesting more information regarding PANO’s Standards for Excellence. After meeting with local nonprofit leaders, they have also taken a step back to reevaluate the stated requirements.

Changes to PA Requirements for Adult Volunteers & Employees Working with Children

Note: On June 10, 2015, Governor Wolf announced fee waivers for volunteers seeking background checks: Press Release

New! As of July 1, 2015 - Updates to background check requirements for adult volunteers with a child-care service, a school or a program, activity or service, as a person responsible for the child's welfare or having direct volunteer contact with children. (HB 1276--signed by Governor Wolf on July 1, 2015-enacted as Act 15)
Summary of HB 1276
Full text of HB 1276

Highlights of revisions to background check requirements for volunteers:

• Background check renewal period has been increased from 3 to 5 years.
• Fee waivers for background checks for volunteers (Child Line and State Police only—fees for FBI fingerprint check are not waived)
• For FBI checks, the 10-year PA residency exception has been expanded to include volunteers who haven't lived in PA for the past 10 years but who have received certification since establishing residency in PA.
• Volunteers will be able to receive a free certification every 57 months.
• Free volunteer certifications may not be used for employment.
• Effective August 25, 2015, applicable volunteers shall be required to obtain required certifications every 60 months from the date of the person's most recent certification or, if the current certification is older than 60 months, within one year of the effective date.
• A volunteer who was previously not required to have a certification shall be required to obtain the required certifications no later than July 1, 2016.
• Clarification of individuals required to comply with the requirements of the law.
• Addition of a good faith presumption for volunteer organizations when identifying those volunteers who need clearances.

2014 Legislation: House Bill 435, amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, signed by Governor Tom Corbett on October 22, 2014. (Bill Summary)

For questions around employees who have contact with children, check out the Department of Human Services Employees Having Contact with Children Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

Download the DHS disclosure statement template for adult volunteers who have lived in PA for the past 10 years

For questions related to the new clearance requirements visit the PA Department of Human Services’ website related to these new laws, Keep Kids Safe PA or contact the DHS ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422.

Child Abuse History Certification (Clearance) Application Information

Individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification can apply, and if applicable, pay online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis. Applying for your Child Abuse History Certification online streamlines and expedites the application process and provides the applicant with their results electronically. DHS strongly encourages applicants to apply electronically.

DHS will continue to accept paper applications for applicants who prefer to apply for their Child Abuse History Certification by paper. Please know that submitting a paper application takes additional time to process.

For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for non-volunteer purposes, the fee is $13.

For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for volunteer purposes, the fee has been waived and no payment is required. For those applicants submitting payment with an application for volunteer purposes, the application will be processed and the payment will be returned.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Human Serviecs, Office of Children, Youth and Families

Mandated Reporter Requirements for Volunteers Working with Children

Mandated Reporter: An individual paid or unpaid, who, on the basis of the individual’s role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, is a person responsible for the child's welfare or who has direct contact with children. This person is required to make a report of suspected child abuse.
Although Mandated Reporter Training is not required for volunteers under the changes, it is recommended.

Go to Keep Kids Safe PA for more information.

Mandated Reporter Training Resources:
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance
The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Center at the University of Pittsburgh

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the PA Department of Human Services ChildLine to make a confidential report: at 1-800-932-0313. Visit the PA ChildLine and Abuse Registry Website for more information.

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