Retention Bonus FAQs
Here's what you need to know about the retention bonuses that California's Community Clinics workers have won.
Community clinic workers are stronger together. By uniting and bringing lawmakers’ attention to the struggles we face, we were able to secure more historic investment in workers. This is the first time in our state’s history for all community clinic workers to receive $1,000 retention bonuses. Learn more about what we’ve won by exploring the frequently asked questions (FAQ) below.
A retention bonus is a one-time payment to encourage workers to continue working in community clinics.
All community clinic workers, or employees of a Federally Qualified Health Center, rural health centers, FQHC look-a-likes, Indian health centers and intermittent health centers, in California who are not in management or in supervisory positions will receive the retention bonus.
Each eligible community clinic worker will receive $1,000.
No, both full-time and part-time eligible employees.
Employers have to submit their eligible employee’s names to the state, which will then process the amounts and provide payments to employers to distribute to eligible workers. This may take up several months, depending on when your employer submits eligible names, when the state processes payments to clinics, and when your employer distributes them. Payments are tentatively expected in the spring of 2023.
You will be eligible to receive the one time retention bonus even if you are currently on or will be on Family /Medical Leave.
As a voluntary program, there is a possibility that your employer may choose not to participate.
If you and your coworkers learn that your clinic is not going to apply for this free funding to provide retention bonuses, please reach out to us directly.
Clinic workers have power when we stand together. Union and nonunion clinic workers alike united to win the inclusion of this bonus in the state budget. We are prepared to stand with workers at specific clinics to ensure they receive the benefit of this historic victory.
Together, we can hold employers accountable and demand that every clinic worker receive this $1,000 bonus that we worked so hard to win.
Workers in hospital clinics will be receiving a separate retention bonus for hospital workers.
You can learn more about those bonuses here.
Workers do not qualify to get both the clinic retention bonus and the hospital bonus
Retention bonuses are an important first step in making sure that our community clinics have the necessary resources to invest in the workers. We are the backbone of our community clinics, and by uniting together in SEIU, we have the power and the voice to advocate for ourselves, our families, and our patients. When we fight, we win!