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The second round of the Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program appropriates an additional $22.5 million and expands the types of employers who are now eligible to apply to include pharmacies, grocery stores, and certain retail.

The program requires eligible employers to identify current and former employees who meet eligibility criteria. For example, the employee must have worked a certain number of hours between March 13 and May 15, 2020, and had an increased exposure to COVID-19. Employees are eligible to receive payments of either $1,200 or $2,000, depending on the number of hours worked and other criteria. 

Grants will be awarded through an online application process and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the funding is depleted. Approved employers will receive their award amount for distribution to current employees and former employees will be contacted directly by the Department of Financial Regulation to continue the application and receive a direct payment.

Employers are encouraged to attend a webinar at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 26, to learn more about the program. A link to the webinar can be found here.

Online applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, October 28, via the program's website.