Premium Pay for Essential Employees

May be used for payroll expenditures for essential employees to the extent that their services are devoted to mitigating or responding to the COVID public health emergency.

Eligible workers are defined as workers needed to maintain continuity of operations of critical sectors to protect the health and well-being of the residents.

Management made the determination that all employees were essential during the pandemic and were needed to ensure that essential operations were maintained at pre-pandemic levels and continued services were provided to the residents and visitors of Las Cruces.

Workers on the roof of the Rio Grande Theatre

Premium Pay

City full-time and part-time regular staff hired prior to July 1, 2021 received premium pay.

There were three tiers for premium pay with payments as follows:

Non-Management Staff: $750

Administrators/Supervisors:  $500

Executive Management:  $250

Premium pay was a one time payment in October 2021.

Total Premium Pay = $958,500