Hazard pay to be made available for frontline workers in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- In Pennsylvania, help is on the way for those dedicated workers helping us get through the pandemic on the front lines.

Governor Tom Wolf is putting $50 million of the state's federal CARES funding toward hazard pay for workers.

He talked about the program while visiting a Giant grocery store in Harrisburg on Thursday afternoon.

Full-time employees making less than $20 an hour are eligible for up to $1,200.

There is aid for part-time workers too.

The money will be distributed through employers, who need to apply by the end of the month.

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"In the fight against COVID-19, our front-line workers have put themselves at risk every day in order to continue to provide life-sustaining services to their fellow Pennsylvanians, and this funding will increase their pay in recognition of those sacrifices," Wolf said in a statement.

The following applicants are eligible to apply:

-Businesses

-Healthcare Non-profits

-Public Transportation Agencies

-Certified Economic Development Organizations (CEDO)

Eligible Pennsylvania-based industries include:

-Healthcare and Social Assistance

-Ambulatory Health Care Services

-Hospitals

-Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

-Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation

-Food Manufacturing

-Food Retail Facilities

-Janitorial Services to Buildings and Dwellings

-Security Services for eligible industries listed above and commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the Governor's Business Closure Order

For more information, visit this link at dced.pa.gov
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