Retention Bonus

Caregivers who meet the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) criteria for the Worker Retention Payment program should expect to see this payment included on their May 26, 2023 paycheck as an item labeled ”WRP.” Payments are taxable and taxes will be based on caregivers' current W4 tax form set up.

All of the following criteria, as set by the State, must be met for a caregiver to be eligible: 

  • Must have worked onsite at an acute-care hospital, skilled nursing facility or a health clinic during the qualifying work period of July 30, 2022 through October 28, 2022. 
  • Must have worked at least 100 hours during the qualifying work period: between 100 and 399 hours to be considered an eligible part-time employee, or at least 400 hours to be considered an eligible full-time employee.
  • Must be an individual contributor below the leadership level. An individual is not eligible if either of the following applies to them: (1) their job title is at the manager level or above; or (2) they are classified as a supervisor (in most cases, those who have direct reports).
  • Must have been in a qualifying job role on the date of November 28, 2022.

Caregivers can check their eligibility by finding the email "Cal Worker Retention Payments Coming on May 26 Paychecks" in your employee email. 

Caregivers who meet the eligibility criteria should receive a payment in accordance with the following (minus applicable taxes):

  • Up to $1,000 for eligible full-time caregivers, and $750 for part-time caregivers. 
  • Eligible caregivers who have received a staffing bonus from Providence since December 1, 2021 may receive an additional payment of up to a $500 match. Qualifying bonuses are defined by DHCS as hazard or bonus pay that was issued as a result of COVID-19, or in response to operational needs of the employer.

If you do not receive payment for the retention bonus and you believe you are eligible, please file an appeal using the link by June 16th, 2023