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Front-line workers can file for $250 hazard payment

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 19:57:11-04

The Louisiana Department of Revenue's website is once again accepting applications from essential workers to receive their hazard pay.

Hours after the application portal opened, the site crashed. More than 14,000 people applied for the one-time, $250 payment.

An Acadian Ambulance EMT is one of the workers who plans on applying. Working from home is not an option, when you work in the medical field.

"Since the beginning we have been working very closely making sure that we're safe and our patients are safe," EMT Brittney Bradford said. "We've been on top of PPE. We're wearing our masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. It's all a way to protect ourselves and the patient. We decontaminate, after every patient. We take more time wiping everything down."

Now the state is helping those workers out, with one-time hazard pay rebates. A number of workers eligible include those in the medical field, grocery store workers, house keeping staff and sanitation crews.

The workers must earn less than $50,000 per year and must have worked at least 200 hours between March 22nd and May 14th.Bradford says the payment is a small gesture to show appreciation and that anything helps during this time.

"It not only helps them, but helps them with their families and paying bills," Bradford said. "Everybody deals with it (the pandemic) differently . Everyone has their own coping mechanism and staying strong. I feel like it's important to be strong and be out there. Thank you to all of the front line workers for staying strong and being out there during this troubling time."

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