12:24 PM CT on 4/7/20
Senate Democrats on Tuesday announced legislation that would guarantee pay raises for frontline healthcare workers and a $15,000 signing bonus to help recruit health and home care workers and first responders.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) did not commit to oppose a fourth COVID-19 relief bill if it does not include hazard pay for frontline workers, but said it is “one of our very, very highest priorities.” Schumer also declined to provide a cost estimate for the measure.
The legislation was introduced by Schumer, Senate health committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.).
11:30 AM CT on 4/7/20
Front-line healthcare workers at Encompass Health can earn up to two weeks of additional paid time off in recognition of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The dedication of our team to providing incredible patient care in our hospitals and in our patients’ homes across the country during this pandemic makes all of us very proud,” said Mark Tarr, CEO of Encompass Health.
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