White House, Congress have not given any hazard pay to the medical workers they call heroes

By Jeff Stein and Heather Long

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When Congress mandated that most companies provide at least two weeks of paid sick leave for employees who are exposed to the coronavirus or are advised to stay home by a medical professional, the final bill excluded people working for a “health-care provider” or “emergency responder.” The Labor Department got to define what constitutes a “health-care provider,” and the definition is so broad it can include janitors working at a hospital for third-party companies, said Tanya L. Goldman, an attorney at the Center for Law and Social Policy. The New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against the Labor Department to try to scale back the definition.

 

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