Hazard pay for Vermont essential hotel personnel.

Hazard pay for Vermont essential hotel personnel.

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Joshua Howland started this petition to The state of Vermont Legislature

On May 2nd the State of Vermont passed a hazard pay bill for certain essential employees who meet even more restrictive criteria as listed here:

Essential employees who work more than 108 hours per month from mid-March to mid-May will receive $1,000 per month. Employees who work 34-108 hours per month during the same period will receive $600 per month.

 
Eligible employees under the legislation include those who work in the following settings:

1. a grocery store;

2. a pharmacy;

3. a retailer identified as essential in Executive Order 01-20 that is open to the general

public for in-person sales (not just curbside pickup/delivery);

4. a wholesale distributor making deliveries to one of the retailers listed above;

5. a waste management service;

6. a janitorial service that provides cleaning services to another covered employer;

7. an assisted living residence;

8. a nursing home (includes employees of outside contractors that provide rehab

services on behalf of nursing home);

9. a residential care home;

10. a therapeutic community residence;

11. a health care facility or doctor’s office;

12. a child care facility that is providing childcare to essential workers pursuant to

Executive Order 01-20;

13. a vocational rehabilitation service provider;

14. a dentist’s office;

15. a homeless shelter;

16. a home health agency (includes employees of outside contractors that provide rehab

services on behalf of agency);

17. a federally qualified health center, rural health clinic, or clinic for the uninsured;

18. a program licensed by DCF as a residential treatment program;

19. an ambulance/first responder service;

20. a funeral home or crematory establishment; or

21. a provider of necessities/services to vulnerable or disadvantaged populations.

In addition, to be eligible, the employee’s principle job function must be to:

a. provide in-person services to clients or the general public;

b. clean/sanitize a location that is open to general public;

c. stock products in a location that is open to general public; or

d. perform another activity that results in a similar risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Hotel staff are not included. I have a few problems with this:

1) The hotels that have been allowed to continue operating have strict criteria from Governor Scott as to whom they can rent to or face severe penalties. That said, we have been renting out to mainly medical personnel working with COVID-19 patients, airline personnel, essential truckers, state and federal agencies and housing the homeless at many properties across the State of Vermont under contract to the Department of Children and Families so the homeless can comply with Governor Scott's stay at home order.

2) As outlined in the above criteria for hazard pay, homeless shelter staff qualify. I argue that hotels housing the homeless under DCF contract were in effect, a temporary homeless shelter. We handled the exact same clientele and addressed the exact same issues. 

3) Also outlined in the above criteria are third party janitorial staff providing services to essential businesses. Yet, in house personnel at hotels housing all the previously mentioned groups of individuals at the same level of risk of exposure don't qualify. They're cleaning the same toilets, laundering the same soiled linens, disinfecting the same common areas in close proximity to these high risk guests. I don't believe this is fair or just.

I've spoken with some personnel who haven't seen their kids in 6 weeks because the other parent knew they are working in this industry and it's associated risks and didn't dare let the child bring it home. 

Please sign in support of the desk clerks, housekeeping, laundry attendants, custodians, security staff, and all other roles who've kept at this through the pandemic at less than unemployment would have paid under the CARES package. Thank you! 

 

 

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