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This ordinance amends the Philadelphia code to require employers within organizations or public agencies that receive city contracts, subcontracts, leases, concessions, financial assistance, or other forms of city support to provide their employees with a higher minimum wage. The new minimum wage standard in this ordinance is an hourly wage, excluding benefits, of at least 150 percent of the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. This ordinance also establishes a Living Wage Advisory Committee to review the implementation and effectiveness of this law.
The ordinance requires benchmarking of energy and water use for nonresidential buildings or spaces of 25,000 square feet or more in Philadelphia using a benchmarking application developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The ordinance requires the seller or lessor of any covered building to, upon request, provide prospective purchasers or lessees with a copy of the building's most recent Statement of Energy Performance. The ordinance also calls on the administration to implement a citywide program for reporting of benchmarking data online in a manner that permits viewing and comparing of energy and water usage among comparable buildings and uses.
This ordinance grants housing applicants the right to a written explanation if they are denied tenancy in some housing or apartment complexes. This ordinance requires the lessor or property owner to prominently include an option for applicants to indicate their request of a written denial of tenancy letter.