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Emerald Communities Implements Appreciation Pay Bonus and Benefits for All Employees during COVID-19 Pandemic

March 27, 2020

REDMOND, Wash. (March 27, 2020) – Emerald Communities, sponsor of two Washington senior living communities — Emerald Heights of Redmond, Wash. and Heron’s Key of Gig Harbor, Wash. – has implemented a $5 per hour appreciation pay bonus, the equivalent of a 10 to 30 percent increase for the majority of its 403 employees at both communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All employees will also receive an additional 80 hours of sick time if they receive a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 or need to be quarantined at home. This benefit will allow employees to stay at home during recovery without using their available PTO balance.

The new benefits, retroactive to March 8, 2020 and to be in effect indefinitely, are to honor and encourage the continuous dedication and efforts of the Emerald Communities’ employees at Emerald Heights and Heron’s Key and to help lighten financial concerns during this unprecedented situation.

“The Board Executive Committee and Emerald Communities leadership created the COVID-19 Emergency Fund specifically for employee support,” said Lisa Hardy, Emerald Communities President/CEO. “We want to express our sincere appreciation for the dedication of our employees working on site during this challenging time.”

For more information about Emerald Communities visit https://www.emeraldcommunities.com/

About Emerald Communities

Emerald Communities, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) senior housing and service organization serving seniors at its resort-style Emerald Heights in Redmond and Heron’s Key Gig Harbor Wash. Life Plan Communities.