COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program

Governor Wolf announced the availability of new grant funding to help employers retain workers in life-sustaining occupations.

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 for pay during the 10-week period from August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020. Hazard pay means additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship, in each case that is related to COVID-19. Applicants may apply for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent (FTE) employee and is to be paid as a $3/hour increase to regular pay. Employers may apply for up to 500 eligible full-time equivalent employees per location ($600,000 maximum grant per location).

Eligible employers must be located in PA and operate within one of the following industries:

  • Healthcare – nursing and residential care facilities, hospitals, ambulatory health care services
  • Social Assistance – child day care services, individual and family services, community food and other emergency services
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Retail Facilities – grocery and specialty food stores
  • Janitorial Services
  • Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
  • Security Services for industries listed above

The grant closes July 31, 2020. Please feel free to contact us should you like additional information

Gov. Wolf tightens restrictions on bars, restaurants as covid-19 surge continues

By: Tom Davidson

More restrictions on Pennsylvania bars and restaurants become effective Thursday in response to what Gov. Tom Wolf characterized as an “unsettling climb” of covid-19 cases in the state.

“We’re already at a tipping point where we have to act now,” Wolf said, later adding, “This virus is saying, ‘I’m back.’ ”

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Democrats file lawsuit to ‘protect the franchise of absentee and mail-in voters’

By: Jan Murphy

Fifteen Democratic lawmakers and candidates and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court aimed at responding to what they view as voter suppression moves by the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

The lawsuit filed against Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar and the 67 county election boards seeks to ensure mail-in ballots are counted, to allow counties to use drop boxes for ballots in multiple locations, and to require poll watchers to live in the county in which they want to serve as a watcher.

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Lawmakers will rule again over redrawing of Pa. political boundaries, but critics aren’t giving up

By: Cynthia Fernandez

HARRISBURG — For a moment, anti-gerrymandering advocates in Pennsylvania had a victory in sight.

Fed up with political districts that experts said were drawn to benefit one party over another, grass-roots groups launched a campaign to take lawmakers out of the process and create a commission of everyday voters to do the work instead.

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Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll veto GOP effort to end coronavirus emergency, vows to continue reopening

By: Wallace McKelvey

Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that he will veto the Republican-controlled Legislature’s attempt to end his coronavirus disaster declaration with a concurrent resolution.

But the governor, appearing at a press conference to promote $10 million of funding for better food access, stressed that he’s committed to reopening the state.

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Worried about surge, state may impose ‘targeted mitigation’ in southwestern counties

By: Sean D. Hamill and Hallie Lauer

The state Department of Health appears to be preparing to impose “targeted mitigation” on at least one of five counties in southwestern Pennsylvania that are seeing surges in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan said that during a 15-minute call Tuesday afternoon with state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, the secretary warned the commissioners the state would announce “targeted mitigation” in the county on Wednesday, possibly aimed at restaurants and bars to which most of the new cases are linked.

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Pa. reports nearly 1,000 new covid-19 cases

By: Megan Swift

Pennsylvania reported nearly 1,000 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 91,299.

The state Department of Health reported 995 new cases and 33 new deaths from covid-19, totaling 6,787 deaths statewide.

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