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San Diego County Board of Supervisors reject proposal to give essential workers hazard pay

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Posted at 3:10 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 18:10:25-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday struck down a proposal that would have given hazard pay to essential workers throughout the county.

The proposal was brought to the board by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and would have granter a "modest" hazard pay to some workers, according to Fletcher's office.

“To deny public health nurses, first responders and other essential County employees, many who directly engage and treat COVID19 patients, a modest hazard pay for serving on the frontlines of our response to the COVID-19 crisis lacks compassion," Fletcher said.

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"Today’s decision is disappointing and that disappointment is compounded by the fact that available federal funds could be utilized for this simple step to show respect and appreciation for County employees who are putting their lives at risk to serve our community.”

The move comes as the board approved framework to reopen some businesses Tuesday.

The framework offers guidelines of employee and customer safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the board, business owners should prepare for when Governor Gavin Newsom "takes the necessary steps to allow San Diego County to go back to work."