Philadelphia employers will soon be required to offer commuter benefits to workers - PhillyVoice

If signed by the Mayor, the bill would require employers to provide transit benefits through a pre-tax payroll deduction or company-purchased fare passes

BY MAGGIE MANCINI

Philadelphia employers will soon be required to provide commuter benefits to workers traveling into the city amid its ongoing pandemic recovery, as City Council passed a bill Thursday as part of a larger effort to improve public transit ridership.

The legislation, introduced by Councilmember Helen Gym in April, heads to Mayor Jim Kenney's desk for signature and approval before it can be utilized by Philadelphia companies with 50 or more employees.


The bill would enable employers to provide commuter benefits in one of two ways. The first would utilize a pre-tax payroll deduction of expected commuting costs, which could be separated from an employer's regular paycheck to be used exclusively for transit. Another would be an employer-paid benefit, where companies supply workers with pre-loaded SEPTA Key Cards for commuting.

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