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May 18, 2020

Target, Kroger Give More Money to Front Line Workers

Minn. Star-Tribune: "Target will extend a $2-an-hour temporary pay bump through July 4, CEO Brian Cornell told employees Monday morning.The announcement comes as some other companies' hazard pay for front-line workers, who have taken on extra risk and stress working during the pandemic, is set to expire at the end of this month or in early June as many states begin to reopen... This is the second time Target has extended the temporary pay increase in recent months. It will also continue other pandemic-related benefits such as 30-day paid leave for high-risk employees who are 65 years or older, pregnant or have underlying health conditions through June 30"... SN: The Kroger Co. has earmarked $130M for special Thank You Pay to hourly grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates to acknowledge their dedication to maintaining safe, clean and stocked stores. The Thank You Pay bookends an Appreciation Pay first provided to frontline workers for their efforts at the start of the pandemic in March. It also follows multiple Hero Bonuses that were paid in April through mid-May, with a final payment by May 23. The one-time Thank You Pay, which will be $400 for qualified full-time associates and $200 for qualified part-time associates, will be paid out in two installments on May 30 and June 18"... As note in MBR News, Walmart also announced additional funds dedicated for retail associates last week.

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