Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Program Extended

by Doug McClure

MONTPELIER – The State of Vermont set a November 13 deadline for employers to file for eligibility for the state’s hazard pay program allowing employees to receive grants for working during the pandemic’s first wave.

After what some lawmakers described as a lackluster response from larger-scale employers, the state added $8 million to the funding for the program and extended its deadline until noon on November 18. Employees of approved businesses who worked during the height of the spring pandemic, March 13 through May 15, could be eligible for a grant of $1,200 or $2,000, depending on hours worked.

In Hardwick area towns, according to a week-old list from the state, the following businesses were among the applicants listed as of November 9: Black Dirt Farm, Buffalo Mountain Co-op, the Cabot Village Store, Craftsbury Saplings, Hardwick Kwik Stop & Deli, Hardwick Village Market, Maple Corner Community Store, Marty’s 1st Stop, M&M Beverage, O’Reilly Auto Enterprises, the Craftsbury General Store, Pete’s Greens, Plainfield Hardware, Positive Pie, Tops, The Willey’s Store, and The Wolcott Store.