Pennsylvania Makes $50 Million in Grants Available to Employers of Front-Line Employees

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Wendy R. Hughes

July 20, 2020

On July 16, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $50 million in grants for employers that are located and operate in Pennsylvania to provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining jobs during the coronavirus pandemic (known as the COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program).  These grants aim to keep workers employed in critical industries in Pennsylvania and to avoid disruption in vital goods and services.  Funding for the hazard pay grants comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress earlier this year.

Grants are available to eligible employers to provide hazard pay to their full and part-time employees who earn less than $20 an hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime pay, from August 16, 2020 to October 24, 2020.  The additional hazard pay funded by these grants is a $3 an hour increase to the employees’ regular pay.  Employer applicants may apply for a maximum of $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent employee and for up to 500 eligible full-time equivalent employees per location.  The program imposes a $600,000 cap for each employer location and a $3 million total cap per employer.  Eligible Pennsylvania-based industries include:

  • healthcare and social assistance
  • ambulatory health care services
  • hospitals
  • nursing and residential care facilities
  • transit and ground passenger transportation
  • child day care services
  • food manufacturing
  • food retail facilities
  • security services for eligible industries listed above and other commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the Governor’s Business Closure Order
  • janitorial services to buildings and dwellings

For more information about the COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program, including detailed guidelines and how to apply for grants, please use this link.

 
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