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The Pennsylvania Hazard Pay Grant Program – Applications Due Today!

TODAY is the deadline for employers to apply for the Hazard Pay Grant Program for frontline workers!

As part of Act 2A of 2020, $50 million was appropriated from CARES Act funding to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) to provide Hazard Pay for frontline workers. 

Eligible applicants will apply on behalf of the frontline workers in the listed industries.  An applicant who is awarded hazard pay will need to provide documentation, including pay stubs, to show that the payments were made to the employees.  Based off the guidelines, it is anticipated that payments will begin to show up in paychecks within two weeks of the application period closing.  

Eligible applicants/industries include the following:

Healthcare and Social Assistance: 

  • Ambulatory and home health care services 
  • Hospitals 
  • Nursing and residential care facilities 
  • Child day care  
  • Individual and family services 
  • Vocational rehabilitation 
  • Community food and housing 
  • Emergency and other relief services 

Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 

  • Bus and transit systems 
  • Generalized and specialized freight trucking 

Food Manufacturing 

  • Animal food 
  • Grain and oilseed milling 
  • Sugar/confectionery product 
  • Fruit/vegetable preserving  
  • Dairy product 
  • Animal slaughter and processing 
  • Seafood preparation and packaging 
  • Bakers and tortilla 
  • Other food manufacturing  

Food Retail Facilities 

  • Grocery and convenience stores 
  • Specialty food stores 

Security Services 

Janitorial Services 

Hazard pay will be made to full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20 an hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime, as a direct increase in their pay. The direct increase in pay for a frontline worker will be $3.00 per hour for ten-weeks for a total of $1,200.  No one company may receive more than $3 million.  The program will not be first come, first served.  Rather priority will be given to risk of exposure by industry, location and prevalence of COVID-19 and average hourly wage paid by employer.  

To apply, please visit www.dced.pa.gov.

PPP Extended Through August 8

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has extended its deadline to apply for a loan, through August 8. The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive all loans if all employee retention criteria are met and the funds received through the program are used for eligible expenses. Please click here to learn more about PPP loan forgiveness.

For information on how to apply and for a listing of lenders participating in the program please click here or visit www.sba.gov.

UPCOMING: #SenDemPolicy Hearing

Please note that the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a Policy Hearing co-chaired by Senators Maria Collett, Larry Farnese, and Tim Kearney on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held virtually via ZOOM.

The purpose of this hearing is to learn how we, as a Commonwealth, can responsibly re-open schools this fall. The meeting will be open for the public to participate.

Responsible School Re-Opening

 

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