The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) is offering a grant program to certain industries to subsidize hazard pay to employees.
The grants are available to employers in the following industries:
- Healthcare and Social Assistance
- Food Manufacturing
- Food Retail Facilities
- Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
- Security Services for eligible industries listed above and commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the Governor’s Business Closure Order
- Janitorial Services to Buildings and Dwellings
Funds may be used to pay hazard pay for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour. Funds may only be used to pay hazard pay for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020. Hazard pay means additional pay for performing a hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship, in each case that is related to COVID-19.
Employers may apply 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 as a $3/hour hazard pay increase to their regular pay rate.
Employers may apply for a grant to provide hazard pay for up to 500 eligible full-time equivalent employees per location ($600,000 maximum grant per location). No Employer may receive more than $3,000,000 of the funding under the COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program.
For more information and to apply, please go to the DCED website at https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-pa-hazard-pay-grant/.
If you have questions about the Pennsylvania Hazard Pay Grant, please contact your HBK Advisor.