As many businesses reopen, some employers are considering hazard pay to the employees that are most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. The US Department of Labor (DOL) states that hazard pay for employees who work through a pandemic is not required under federal wage and hour laws. Additional pay is “usually determined privately between employers and employees or their authorized representatives,” according to the DOL. This article suggests offering a hazard premium could potentially send a empathetic message to employees which in return could create a more productive and positive team. To read more, click here. Contact your local attorney regarding updates to this and other related state and local laws.
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