Kroger to give $130 million to employees in ‘thank you’ pay, extends COVID-19 leave

Kroger to give $130 million to employees in ‘thank you’ pay, extends COVID-19 leave
Kroger announced it will provide special "Thank You Pay" to hourly frontline, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates on Friday, May 15, 2020. (Source: Kroger)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Officials with the national grocery brand Kroger Co. announced Friday they would implement a one-time “thank you” payment to frontline employees at the end of the month.

The allocated $130 million for the payments will go to frontline grocery store workers, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates, following the one-time appreciation bonuses those employees received in April and continuous hero pay received from April to mid-May. Appreciation bonuses were $300 and $150 for full-time and part-time employees, according to a news release from the company, first announced in March.

Full-time associates will receive $400 and part-time employees $200 paid in installments on May 30 and June 18, the release stated.

The company will still provide employees with paid emergency COVID-19 leave for those impacted by the virus or who are experiencing symptoms.

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