Bill Text: SC H3020 | 2021-2022 | 124th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Hazard pay

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-14 - Member(s) request name added as sponsor: J.L.Johnson [H3020 Detail]

Download: South_Carolina-2021-H3020-Introduced.html


A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 8-11-56 SO AS TO PROVIDE HAZARD PAY FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WORKING IN FRONTLINE POSITIONS DURING A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY, A DECLARED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, OR BOTH, AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 1, Chapter 11, Title 8 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 8-11-56.    (A)    For purposes of this section:

        (1)    'Frontline public employee' means a person:

            (a)    employed by a state agency or state institution, a political subdivision of the State, or a public school district; and

            (b)    who routinely works directly, in person with nonpublic employees in the course of his employment.

        (2)    'State of emergency' means a state of emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to Section 25-1-440.

        (3)    'Public health emergency' means a public health emergency declared by the Department of Health and Environmental Control pursuant to the Emergency Health Powers Act.

    (B)    A frontline public employee working during a declared state of emergency, declared public health emergency, or both, shall receive hazard compensation throughout the applicable emergency period, which must be paid at a rate equal to twice the amount of his normal compensation."

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval of the Governor.

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