Essential workers on the frontline of the coronavirus, like those in nursing homes, could see a pay increase of up to $25,000 under a federal lawmaker’s proposal. Senate Democrats unveiled the “Heroes Fund” proposal. The proposal, described as a pandemic premium pay plan, aims to reward, retain and recruit those on the frontline of the pandemic. The pay increases would apply to frontline workers earning less than $200,000 per year. It proposes a pay increase of $5,000 for those who earn more than that.
Under the plan, workers would see a premium pay increase of up to $25,000, or a raise of $13 per hour from the start of the pandemic until the end of 2020. It also calls for a $15,000 incentive for essential worker recruitment efforts.
“Workers in hospitals and nursing homes, in the service sector and public safety, and throughout our economy are risking their lives during this public health emergency to keep our citizens safe, and their paychecks should reflect that. Frontline workers also need proper protection from the virus at work,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said in a statement.
“The next coronavirus-response package Congress passes must honor the dignity of their work by including this Pandemic Premium Pay proposal to compensate our frontline heroes and mandatory safety requirements to keep them safe on the job,” Brown added.