We’re rolling out an appreciation pay program for nearly 40,000 employees in the US and Canada whose responsibilities require them to work on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis. The program aims to recognize the contributions of employees who don’t have the option of working from home due to the essential nature of our business.
Under the program, hourly employees in our distribution centers will receive $2 per hour on top of their regular hourly rate for all hours worked during the week. Salaried employees in these sites will receive weekly lump-sum payments ranging from $100 to $250, depending on position. Employees who are participating in an existing pandemic special incentive plan will be placed in the plan that provides the greater benefit to them.
Field employees working in our service centers within our LTL business unit will instead receive a one-time bonus of $500 for all full-time employees, and $250 for all part-time employees.
We’re continuing to take a flexible approach to ensure that our benefit programs align with the needs of our employees during this difficult time. Last month, we added Pandemic Paid Sick Leave to our existing PTO policy, which offers employees up to two weeks of fully-paid sick leave during this health crisis.