Massachusetts will implement a unique premium compensation program for employees, sending paychecks for $500.
The state of Massachusetts will give checks to 500,000 people. The big winner will be essential workers.
"The distribution of the first round of $500 payments to low-income workers under the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Payment program is finally underway," Senator Pat Jehlen tweeted.
"I'm glad these essential workers who worked through the pandemic are getting a little help."
On December 13, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker signed the COVID-10 Essential Employee Compensation Program into law.
The state of Massachusetts has earmarked $460 million for the payment of bonuses to workers. They distributed a $500 payment to 500,000 low-income workers across the state.
To be eligible, you must have:
Anyone who received unemployment benefits in 2020 is not eligible for the first round of checks.
"However, unemployment benefits in 2019 or 2021 will not affect eligibility for a Tier One allowance, as long as you are eligible based on residency and income," Governor Baker's spokesman said.
According to the Massachusetts state website, everyone who is eligible will receive a check in the mail.