Amazon raises overtime pay for U.S Warehouse workers as the company plans to hire 100,000 workers

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E-commerce large Amazon introduced on Saturday it’s elevating overtime pay for workers working in its U.S. warehouses, as the world’s largest on-line retailer tries to meet the quickly rising demand for on-line buying from shoppers caught at residence throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

Hourly workers at the warehouses will obtain double pay for overtime, up from the 1.5-times charge, from March 15 to May 9, the company stated.

“All hourly associates working in the U.S. Ops network will receive double their regular hourly rate for every overtime hour worked in a workweek,” the company stated in a press release. “This temporary increased overtime pay is effective March 15, 2020 and will continue through May 9. 2020.”

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The announcement got here few days after Amazon stated it plans to hire 1000’s of latest warehouse workers following a “significant” improve in workload and demand for on-line supply providers amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal, the company stated it deliberate to hire round 100,000 new workers and known as the present surge in orders introduced on by the world outbreak “unprecedented.”

Amazon’s present beginning wages are $15 an hour at its warehouse and success facilities in accordance to the Journal.

“We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,” wrote Amazon’s senior vp of operations, Dave Clark, in accordance to the Journal.

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