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Gov. Wolf authorizes funding for front-line worker hazard pay

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HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Pennsylvania has announced the availability of grants to help employers provide hazard pay to employees engaged in life-sustaining operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In the fight against COVID-19, our front-line workers have put themselves at risk every day to continue to provide life-sustaining services to their fellow Pennsylvanians. This funding will increase their pay in recognition of those sacrifices,” said Gov. Wolf. “These grants will help businesses retain employees, ensure that Pennsylvanians keep working and avoid disruption of critical goods and services.”

Wolf says $50 million in reimbursement-based from the federal CARES Act will go to keep front-line employees working in vital industry sectors.

“This funding is going to provide eligible employees with up to $3 per hour. For all of those making $20 or less, that will be a total of a $1,200 pay increase of the next 10 week period.”

Businesses, healthcare non-profits, public transportation agencies, and Certified Economic Development Organizations can apply with workers in other industries such as food manufacturing, food retail, security services, and janitorial services possibly eligible to be covered through this grant program.

The Department of Community and Economic Development will manage the funds. The application deadline to apply through the DCED website set on July 31st.

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