July 23, 2020
Pennsylvania offers time sensitive opportunity for employee hazard pay grants for COVID-19
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has announced a COVID-19 hazard pay grant program to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 emergency. Hazard pay means additional wages paid to employees for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship in connection with COVID-19.
Employers must act quickly
Applications will be accepted between July 16, 2020, and July 31, 2020, leaving employers a short time to take advantage of this program.
How it works
Employers may submit applications for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent (FTE) employee. The hazard pay must be paid to the eligible employee over the 10-week period of August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020 as a $3/hour hazard pay increase to their regular hourly pay rate.
The program limits hazard-pay grants to 500 eligible full-time equivalent employees per location ($600,000 maximum grant per location). No employer may receive more than $3 million.
Grant funds may be used for hazard pay for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime. Funds may only be used to pay hazard pay for eligible employees for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020.
Businesses, healthcare non-profits, public transportation agencies, and certified economic development organizations may apply for funding for employers located and operating in Pennsylvania within one of the following eligible industries:
How to apply
Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Single Application (ESA). For any questions, contact DCED Customer Service by calling +1 866 466 3972 or by email at email@example.com.
For more information, download the program guidelines here.
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