BOSTON – Essential workers who were required to work in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic will get special benefits, including a three-year retirement credit, under a proposal by State Senator Nick Collins that will be heard this month by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Service.

Senator Collins is the lead sponsor of S.1669, An Act Relative to providing a COVID-19 retirement credit to public essential workers, which will be heard by the committee July 21.

“Essential workers have put their lives and bodies on the line to guide the Commonwealth through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Nick Collins. “This retirement credit would offer a meaningful compensation for the dedicated public service of these women and men.”

The bill is designed to apply to all public workers in the Commonwealth who were designated essential and required to work in person throughout the pandemic.

The Joint Committee on Public Service will hold a virtual hearing on the bill on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Committee will accept written testimony through Wednesday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m.