Santa Clara Supervisors pass ‘hero pay’ for some grocery and pharmacy workers

Santa Clara county supervisors approved an emergency ordinance on March 9 giving employees of large grocery stores and pharmacies an extra $5 per hour. The so-called ‘hero pay’ is a response to the added risks of working during the coronavirus pandemic. It goes into effect 30 days from March 9 and will remain in place for 100 days.

Only stores in unincorporated areas with 15 or more employees are bound by the ordinance. If cities in Santa Clara wish to enact hero pay, they will have to pass their own laws.

"It's an incremental step to remedy some harm, and just because we can't do everything all at once doesn't mean we should not try to do anything," said Board of Supervisors Vice President Susan Ellenberg (Mountain View voice).

Restaurants were deliberately excluded from the ordinance, due to the enormous economic suffering they’ve endured over the past year.


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