Why stores are saying "hero bonus" instead of "hazard pay"

May 22, 2020
Companies like Kroger and McDonald’s have been using terms of gratitude to describe extra pay for hazardous duty.
A supermarket employee stands behind a cash register with a superhero cloak during quarantine.
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The changing labor market could affect hazard pay

May 20, 2020
Bonuses for many essential workers is being rolled back this month. And high unemployment could push wages down, even for risky jobs.
An Amazon employee at the company's Staten Island distribution facility. The giant retailer is phasing out its hazard pay.
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Hazard pay ends soon at Amazon and other major companies

May 14, 2020
Amazon employees will start receiving their normal pay rates in June.
Workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse on strike in March.
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How long should companies give hazard pay?

May 5, 2020
Most businesses, especially small ones, don’t have a disaster plan for a global pandemic.
Grocery store workers probably didn’t sign up for their jobs thinking they’d be putting themselves in danger, and neither did owners. Above, a worker stocks items in a California grocery store in March.
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