Health Care Worker Bonus Program Update

By The DC 37 Research and Negotiations Department

In 2022, New York State began processing payment of the Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus covering the first two vesting periods, from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022. The program pays bonuses of up to $3,000 to eligible full and part-time employees, temporary and contracted workers. Most eligible DC 37 members received their bonus amounts in the first two six-month periods.

Period 3 closed on March 31, 2023, for work done between Oct. 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023. Period 3 includes more recently hired employees and employees in eligible titles who should have been included in an earlier period. DC 37 expects these payments in July.

If you believe your work involved direct patient care and did not receive an attestation letter from your employer, please contact your agency’s HR department first and then your union representative.

The HWB program continues until March 31, 2024, with a maximum of two vesting periods per employee. DC 37 continues to push for the expansion of eligible titles and employers.

For more details, contact the Health Care Worker Bonus (HWB) Call Center at 866.682.0077.

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