As many as 20,000 Vermont front-line workers are likely to get extra money through Vermont’s Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant program, according to Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak.

The first round of the program, distributed in July, catered towards health care and human services workers and is estimated to have paid 15,600 employees. The second round of the program required employers to submit applications by Wednesday.

The Vermont Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Grant program is intended to cover essential workers who were employed between March 13 and May 15 of this year. 

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Vermont state senators Tim Ashe and Chris Pearson speak on Burlington's Church Street to reporters about the state's Frontline Employees Hazard Pay Grant program. Nov. 12, 2020.

Walmart and other large retailers were convinced to participate

Large retail employers that had been called out for hesitating to apply did submit their forms by the Nov. 18 deadline, with some applying at the very last minute.

Those include previously mentioned employers such as:

  • Walmart
  • Shaw’s
  • CVS
  • Home Depot
  • Costco
  • Target
  • Dollar Tree
  • Family Tree
  • Jiffy Mart

Gov. Phil Scott had to intervene last week, however, sending letters directly “to the CEOs that were holdouts,” Pieciak said. In some of those cases, Pieciak said the outreach from the state’s