North Bergen plans to pay part-time workers for duration of COVID-19 pandemic

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The Township of North Bergen is planning to pay their part-time employees for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic as businesses across the state are closing rapidly, Mayor Nick Sacco said.By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“These are unprecedented times, therefore unprecedented measures must be taken,” Sacco said in a statement.

“This crisis will test every aspect of our life and we must support one another in whichever way we can. Our workers should not worry about their ability to put food on the table for their loved ones.”

The action is being taken so that affected employees such as crossing guards, recreation staff and many others will still be able to provide for their families during increasingly uncertain times.

One official said that starting next week, the township plans on going on a staggered schedule where non-essential employees will rotate into a schedule where they can work from home – allowing part-time workers to continue to pick up hours.

North Bergen declared a state of emergency earlier this week shortly after their first two cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed and are providing regular updates for residents at www.northbergen.org.