It took a while to get their attention, but big national retailers have finally signed up for essential worker hazard pay programs. And that means more money in the paychecks of generally low-paid retail workers.
"Pieciak stated the department, as well as state senators, had to be more proactive reaching out to employers in the second round than the Agency of Human Services had to in the first round. Many retail companies, he added, "either weren't aware of the program or they didn't have a full understanding of it…..They're definitely were a lot more questions, a lot more interest, a lot more nuance going into who was an eligible employer and who wasn't," Pieciak said."
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