Recognizing the added risk of exposure to the virus, the Legislature is considering raising pay for all employees - public and private sector - whose work brings them into contact.
Money from the $2 trillion federal subsidy package passed in late March will be available to pay for at least part of the state worker pay increases, said Beth Fastiggi, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Human Resources. The $1.50 pay increase will cost the state $300,000 per two-week pay period, Fastiggi said; she said she didn’t have a cost estimate for the 20% increase yet. The public-sector pay increase is effective until May 9. Gov. Phil Scott on Friday extended his stay-at-home order to May 15, idling thousands of Vermont workers. But people in jobs deemed “essential” in the public and private sector are still working, some of them in environments that put them at increased risk of catching the virus.."
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