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Department of Labor

Resolving labor disputes, enforcing labor laws, and managing the relationship between the City administration and City employee unions.

Department of Labor

A new regulation related to the Office of Worker Protections went into effect in July 2023. The regulation outlines policies and procedures for enforcing the City’s worker protection laws. To learn more, read the enforcement regulation.

What we do

The Department of Labor builds partnerships between management and the labor organizations representing City employees. The department also oversees matters related to the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and workplace anti-harassment policies, FMLA, ADA, and other EEO areas. As the City’s main point of contact for the labor community, we:

  • Handle negotiations between City unions and City management.
  • Respond to unfair labor practice charges filed against the City.
  • Investigate complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination from any City employees, applicants, former employees, or members of the public.
  • Represent the City in union disputes.
  • Make sure employers with City contracts pay prevailing wages.
  • Resolve minimum-wage waiver requests.
  • Administer and enforce the City’s worker protection laws.

The Department of Labor includes the Office of Employee Relations, the Office of Labor Relations, the Office of Worker Protections, the Office of Labor Standards, and the Living Wage Working Group.


City Hall
Room 205
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-0802 for questions on Philadelphia worker protection laws

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Portrait photo of Perritti Divirgilio
Perritti DiVirgilio
Director, Department of Labor

Perritti DiVirgilio brings a wealth of experience and a lifelong passion for supporting the city’s workforce to his role as Director for the Department of Labor. During his 18-year tenure as the Director of Labor Standards, DiVirgilio championed fair pay and equal opportunities for workers, recovering over $3 million in restitution for those who were underpaid. Additionally, he dedicated 14 years as a Business Agent for Laborers Local 332, playing a pivotal role in organizing the asbestos abatement industry in Philadelphia. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, DiVirgilio is a proud product of the city’s public school system and a graduate of Temple University’s construction management program.


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Andre Bragg Director, Office of Labor Standards
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Candace Chewning Director, Office of Worker Protections
Cara Leheny Director, Office of Labor Relations
Eric Schulz Director of Outreach and Communications, Office of Worker Protections
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