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Kroger announces new ‘Thank You Pay’ bonus for employees working amid coronavirus pandemic




CINCINNATI — Grocery chain Kroger announced that it will provide a special “Thank You Pay” bonus to hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates to acknowledge their “dedication to maintaining safe, clean and stocked stores.”

The Kroger Family of Companies’ new $130 million “Thank You Pay” bonus program is in addition to the “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.

Additionally, Kroger announced it will continue its COVID-19 Emergency Leave guidelines to provide paid time off to associates most directly affected by the virus or experiencing related symptoms.

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