Hazard Pay During COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "[1] Workers in essential occupations are being provided little additional support during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, and low-wage workers are likely making less than individuals on unemployment; some policymakers are proposing hazard pay--additional financial support often used in industries with high probability of death or injury--to compensate essential workers for the risks they are taking. [2] At the federal level, Democrats have introduced a bill and President Trump has voiced his support of additional pay for workers on the frontlines of the epidemic, while several localities have already approved hazard pay with varying levels of pay increases. [3] Nationwide hazard pay could be distributed as a percentage of income or as a flat rate and could cost up to $148.9 billion with a 25 percent hourly wage increase, $298 billion with a 50 percent hourly percent wage increase, or $398.9 billion at a $13 an hour increase if it were offered from March to the end of September. [4] In crafting a hazard-pay policy, policymakers will need to consider the length of time during which hazard pay will be provided and which essential workers will be eligible to receive it."

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