County Working On COVID Hazard Bonuses For Some Employees

County Working On COVID Hazard Bonuses For Some Employees

Some Wayne County Government employees will get a bonus for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Manager Craig Honeycutt laid out the proposal at the last meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.

Honeycutt emphasized the county appreciated the commitment of all of its employees.

However, Honeycutt explained some employees were not offered the additional FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) benefit to take additional leave.

Department’s not offered the emergency FMLA leave through the FFRCA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) Act include:

  • Law Enforcement/Detention employees
  • EMS
  • Emergency Management (Fire Marshal, 911 Telecommunications, Emergency Management)
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Facilities

A budget amendment for the bonuses would still need the board’s approval.

If approved, the one-time $500 hazard pay bonuses will be paid out in February.

It’s estimated the bonuses will cost the county between $400,000 to $500,000.