City of Augusta announces hazard pay policy for essential critical infrastructure workforce

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. at a news conference. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The City of Augusta Commission implemented an extreme condition hazard pay policy for the city's frontline staff members during the COVID-19 public health pandemic.

The policy was implemented during a special called commission meeting held Monday.

According to the release, eligible employees, as defined in the policy, will receive compensation of an additional $5 per hour.

The policy would apply to about 1,400 essential critical infrastructure employees across various departments to include the fire department, law enforcement, EMA, 911, sanitation, and additional primary frontline operations, according to a news release.

The extreme condition hazard pay will be in effect from Monday to June 6 unless otherwise amended by the Augusta Commission.

"Today's vote and implementation of the Extreme Condition Hazard Pay Policy by the Augusta Commission is a testament to our awareness that many of our staff members must continue to go out each day, leave their homes and families, and place their health and safety on the line to ensure that our city operations are not disrupted," Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. said in the release. "We are appreciative of their efforts and recognize the sacrifice that they are making during this time. I applaud the members of the Commission for their favorable support of this measure."

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