What healthcare workers qualify for the state issued bonuses that are set to be released in the coming weeks?
The confusion has come around employees who recently resigned or retired.
Do they qualify for the bonus program?
News10NBC spoke with one healthcare worker who worked full-time during the period the state identified as the first vesting period of eligibility – between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
However, when she spoke with her employer – she said they didn’t think she qualified.
The healthcare worker, Felice Edwards, was told she needed to be working at the time of the checks arriving.
Employers have to submit all the information the state needs on behalf of eligible employees by September 2. When pressed on the matter, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health said employers may be obligated to pay former employees who are eligible and vested while in their employment provided that their employment was not terminated prior to the bonus payment due date.
Essentially it boils down to this: If a healthcare worker retired, for example, they would still qualify. The exception would be if the healthcare worker was fired.
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