On July 13th, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Act 12 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which provides for a one-time hazard pay rebate of $250 to essential Louisiana workers. The Department of Revenue will start accepting applications on Wednesday, July 15th through October 31, 2020. However, applicants are not guaranteed a payment because it is first come first serve.
The Department of Revenue is encouraging people to apply as soon as possible because of this. Lawmakers earmarked $50 million for the program, which will not be enough for everyone to receive this payment who may be eligible.
To be eligible the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
- The applicant submits an application to the Department between July 15 and October 31, 2020
- The applicant is a Louisiana resident individual
- The applicant was employed on or after March 11, 2020, in one of the jobs listed in the Eligible Job Categories section of this bulletin
- The applicant was required by his or her employer to provide in-person services outside of the applicant’s home and was in contact with customers, patients, or the general public for at least 200 hours between March 22, 2020, and May 14, 2020.1 Call center personnel or persons whose jobs are conducted exclusively via telephone, computer or other remote or virtual means are not eligible for the rebate.
- The applicant must earn less than $50,000 annually and be in one of the follow occupations:
- Nurses, assistants, aides, medical residents, pharmacy staff, phlebotomists, respiratory therapists, and workers providing direct patient care in inpatient and outpatient dialysis facilities; Housekeeping, laundry services, food services, and waste management personnel in hospitals and healthcare facilities; Long-term care facility personnel, outpatient care workers, home care workers, personal assistance providers, home health providers, home delivered meal providers, childcare service providers; Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, fire and rescue personnel, law enforcement personnel, public health epidemiologists; Bus drivers; retail fuel center personnel; sanitation personnel; residential, commercial, & industrial solid waste and hazardous waste removal personnel; storage and disposal personnel; Grocery store, convenience store, & food assistance program personnel; Mortuary service providers; Veterinary service staff.