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Employees on the Front Lines Will Receive Additional Compensation During COVID-19 Pandemic

In recognition of the critical role first responders and other essential public-facing employees are playing in the County’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced an essential pay program for those County employees.

“Our public-facing employees are on the front lines of this crisis, and their extraordinary efforts deserve recognition and compensation,” Olszewski said. “I know I speak for all of Baltimore County when I say we are incredibly grateful for their dedication to keeping our communities safe and healthy during this challenging time.”

All first responders and essential public-facing employees are eligible for additional pay under the new program. For these employees, essential pay will be $200 per two-week pay period for the duration of the County Executive’s Declaration of Emergency, or up to five pay periods and $1,000.

First responders and essential public-facing employees will include, but are not limited to, police, fire, corrections, 911 center employees, and certain workers in Health and Human Services, Public Works, Aging, and Recreation and Parks.

Some other employees performing mission-critical functions who are unable to telework will be eligible for essential pay of $100 per pay-period for the duration of the County Executive’s Declaration of Emergency or up to five pay periods and $500.

The essential pay program is the latest step in the County’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional information, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance page.


To the men and women who serve

By Don Mohler, Baltimore County Executive

Every instinct tells us to run away from the fire, the crash, the broken body. Every instinct in our first responders says “rush to the emergency, we’re here to help.”

They spring into action when dispatch sends them to a burning building, an accident, a robbery or domestic disturbance. They spend long shifts gathering evidence, patrolling neighborhoods, and responding to 911 calls for medical emergencies.

All answer the call to serve in a way that is sometimes hard for others to understand. Why would they work holidays and late shifts, giving up time with their families to hold a stranger’s hand in an ambulance? Why would they rush toward possible danger? Why would they risk their lives for people they don’t know?

The answer is different for every police, fire, paramedic and 911 responder.

This September 11, we give special thanks to the men and women who rush to the emergency. They answer the call, and we are a better, safer community for their service.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017