$8 million more in COVID hazard pay available for Vermont frontline workers

Vermont’s COVID hazard pay pot just got larger — by $8 million. 

Employers of essential workers who qualify have until Friday, Nov. 13, to apply for state payments of between $1,200 to $2,000 for each worker. 

Employers must apply on behalf of their employees and former employees. Eligible former employees should expect to receive applications by email or mail over the next week that need to be completed and returned.

A list of business that have already applied can be seen on the department’s website.

The Legislature approved a total of $30.5 million for the second round of hazard pay for eligible frontline workers who provided essential services from March 13 to May 15, 2020.

The second round of hazard pay covers essential workers not eligible for the first round — health care and human services — and include grocery, pharmacy and other retail workers.

Sophie Heny, an essential worker during the coronavirus, wipes down the counter at Jake's ONE Market. May 13, 2020.

The Department of Financial Regulation has received applications that, if approved, would total about $27 million. That leaves a few million still available to those who wish to apply by Friday, Nov. 13.

The department has approved 281 applications, covering 7,000 Vermont workers. The $12.3 million in grants will soon be disbursed by check to each employee.

More information is available at the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s website.

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