Philadelphia Commuter Benefit Ordinance

August 11, 2022 | Commuter Quick Alerts

On June 9, 2022, the Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance that would require certain employers to make available to eligible employees a commuter transit benefit program. The Philadelphia mayor is expected to sign the bill soon. Below is a FAQ of the ordinance as it is currently written.

When does this law take effect?

If signed into law, this ordinance shall take effect on December 31, 2022

What employers are required to offer the commuter transit benefit?

An individual, co-partnership, association, corporation, or any other entity, who or that employs fifty (50) or more “Covered Employees”, for compensation; but excluding government employers.

What is a “Covered Employee”?

A covered employee is any person who performed an average of at least thirty (30) hours of work per week, for compensation, within the geographic boundaries of Philadelphia for the same employer within the previous twelve months.

Are there penalties if the employer does not comply?

Required employers will receive an initial 30 day written warning, directing them to comply or face penalties. Employers may face fines if they do not comply within 30 days following the written warning. Each day that the employer fails to comply with this Chapter shall constitute a separate violation.

Does OCA’s commuter program meet the Philadelphia ordinance? 

Yes! OCA can assist employers in setting up a pre-tax transit and parking benefit program. Employees can set aside pre-tax dollars for mass transit and parking expenses and access their transit funds through the use of OCA’s debit card. 

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