Bill No. 326-35 Provides Guidelines for Due Workers’ Compensation
(Hagåtña, Guam) – To ensure that all personnel responding to the local COVID-19 outbreak are duly compensated and accounted for, Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson on Monday introduced Bill No. 326-35, relative to specifying hazardous pay recipients on Guam.
“While many of us are safe at home during this crisis, there are many people still providing essential goods and critical service for our people, all the while being exposed to the health risk our island currently faces,” said Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson. “These front line personnel every day are taking great risks in their service to our community. Their sacrifices take precious time away from their loved ones to carry out essential work that must go on. At the end of the day, our heroes return to their families and also put them at risk. We must ensure that these employees, our customs officers, hotel employees at quarantine sites, firefighters, public health officials, National Guardsmen, and GDOE personnel are recognized for their great sacrifice."
Bill No. 326-35 seeks to provide uniformed guidelines under Guam law and make provisions for the extension and specification of hazardous pay differential for employees who perform work that involves exposure to hazardous conditions during Guam’s COVID-19 outbreak. All hazardous pay proposed would be retroactive to the date of the Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency.
The proposed measure would cover Government of Guam and private sector employees who are required to:
· enter a site where a case of COVID-19 has been suspected or confirmed
· assist a person or persons suspected or confirmed of having been exposed to COVID-19
· medically test a person or persons suspected or confirmed of having been exposed to COVID-19
· make immediate or direct contact with people with potential exposure to COVID-19 and during a Public Health Emergency, to include: nurses, healthcare workers and hospital staff that include, but are not limited to janitors and security guards, first responders, customs officers, firefighters, Guam Department of Education (GDOE) employees when directly distributing meals for students, and private sector employees overseeing quarantines at the airport and in hotels
Employees that meet the criteria would be entitled to 10 percent of their hourly wage rate until the State of Emergency is lifted. Additionally, members of the Guam National Guard activated in support of the State of Emergency response and, who meet the required criteria, would be entitled to $150 per month.
“This measure is an effort to recompense the extraordinary work our people are doing to protect our island and our families,” Nelson said. “Let us recognize their work as we remain prayerful during this time for God's hand over our people."
For more information, please contact Tihu Lujan at the Office of Vice Speaker
Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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