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Kroger offers “hero bonus” for hourly employees, announces new safety procedures


CINCINNATI, Ohio (WCMH/KARK) — Kroger has announced a $2 an hour bonus for a large number of its employees.

Calling it a “hero bonus,” employees will receive an extra $2 per hour, additional emergency paid leave and the company will be implementing new workplace safety measures and other “critical worker protections.”

The bonus will be in effect for all hours the associate works between March 29 and April 18, and will be paid out weekly.

This is in addition to a one-time bonus that will be paid out to employees this Friday.

“Our associates have displayed the true actions of a hero, working tirelessly on the frontlines to ensure everyone has access to affordable, fresh food and essentials during this national emergency,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “The Hero Bonus is just one more way we continue to convey our thanks and gratitude not only to our existing associates but also to the more than 30,000 new hires who have joined in the past two weeks and those who will soon join the Kroger Family of Companies.”

According to the Kroger website, the company is taking steps to ensure the safety of its employees.

To protect associates and customers and flatten the curve, The Kroger Family of Companies has taken several preventive steps, including:

  • Enhancing their daily sanitation practices, including cleaning commonly used areas more often like cashier stations, self-checkouts, credit card terminals, food service counters and shelves.
  • Permitting and working to procure protective masks and gloves for associates.
  • Installing plexiglass partitions at checkout lanes, and pharmacy and Starbucks registers.
  • Adding floor decals to promote physical distancing at check lanes and other counters.
  • Adjusting store operating hours to allow more time for associates to rest, clean and replenish inventory.
  • Continuing to expand pickup and delivery services and contactless payment solutions like Kroger Pay.

Kroger will also be adding several other benefits including, “express pay” to allow employees to be paid faster and mental health and other well-being services for those who need it.

For more on the new benefits and pay raise, visit

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