Gergely introduces bill to address staffing needs in food and liquor industries

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation today that would increase the pool of trained and experienced employees available to restaurants and food/liquor distributors.

House Bill 829 would allow employees who work for food/liquor establishments or importing distributors to also work at other licensees’ establishments. Current law prohibits such a practice.

“As legislators, we must continue to identify where our small businesses are struggling and implement commonsense policies to assist them,” Gergely said. “This added flexibility will not only benefit businesses struggling to hire workers, but also will give employees the opportunity to earn extra income in a post-pandemic world.”