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Council President introduces ordinance to provide premium pay to essential workers during COVID-19

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Posted at 9:04 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 21:04:28-04

BALTIMORE — On Monday, Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott introduced a series of bills, including an ordinance that would provide premium pay to essential workers during COVID-19.

He also introduced a resolution to expand internet access for Baltimore students as well as other resolutions calling on the Maryland General Assembly to override Governor Hogan’s recent vetoes.

“Our essential workers continue to put their lives on the line every day to ensure Baltimore continues to run during this pandemic,” said Council President Scott. “That is an extra risk to the health and safety of these workers and their families, and it should be compensated as such.”

The premium pay ordinance would require large employers to pay premiums to certain essential hourly workers. In this ordinance, employers would be required to pay an additional $30 for a shift under four hours, $60 for a shift between 4-8 hours, and $75 for a shift over eight hours.