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Here's what every major company is doing about the coronavirus pandemic

Key Points
  • Employee paid-time-off policies are being revised.
  • Many workers at major U.S. companies are being instructed to work from home.
  • Stores, factories, offices and other workplaces and venues are being shut down temporarily.
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There was already a fundamental shift under way in the workforce as new technologies and thoughts on workplace culture started to change the way we work. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated these changes at a nearly unimaginable pace. The Workforce Wire is tailored news and information specifically for employers and executives to keep track of what companies are doing with regard to their workforces to help leaders navigate through this unprecedented time.

In reversal, Apple says it will commit to paying contractors out of work

  • Hundreds of Apple contract workers were recently told that they would be suspended without pay as more are told to stay home and off of the tech giant's Silicon Valley campus.
  • On Monday, a company spokeswoman reversed that claim, committing Apple to a plan that will pay its hourly workers, such as janitors, drivers and hundreds of other contractors who perform day-to-day functions on campus, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • The tech giant has more than $200 billion in cash and cash equivalents that will aid in getting payments to those contractors.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook had previously said Apple employees would continue to receive pay throughout the crisis, but did not specify at the time whether hourly contract workers would also continue to receive pay.

Google, Facebook offer paid leave to parents affected by school closures

  • Google and Facebook are offering large blocks of emergency leave to parents struggling to deal with disruptions to their family schedules, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • At Google, employees taking care of children or family members are being offered two weeks off without dipping into their paid leave following the closure of any school or care facility.
  • Facebook is offering four weeks to employees who are facing unexpected caregiving needs, and an additional six weeks of emergency care leave for employees who need to take time to take care of any family members who fall ill or are dealing with other medical conditions.
  • The new Facebook and Google benefits do not apply to contractors, who make up a large percentage of their workforces. 

Caterpillar withholds annual salary increases and bonuses

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  • Caterpillar will withhold annual salary increases for executives, managers and salaried employees, in an effort to tighten expenses amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The company also said in a memo that it will not pay bonuses to eligible employees next year. 

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts pledges $500 million for employees

  • Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said Wednesday the nation's largest cable provider and owner of NBCUniversal has committed $500 million to support employees as coronavirus quarantines temporarily shut down business units.
  • In an email to employees, Roberts said Comcast would put aside that amount for pay and benefits for employees "where operations have been paused or impacted."
  • He also said he would join Comcast's senior executives — CFO Mike Cavanagh, Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch — in donating 100% of their salaries to charities to support coronavirus relief efforts.
  • Comcast has seen its broadband usage spike as Americans largely stay at home during COVID-19 quarantines.

Home Depot institutes new safety measures and increases PTO

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  • The home improvement retailer said it will institute new safety measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak, including earlier store closures and limiting the number of customers allowed into stores at one time.
  • Home Depot stores will now close at six p.m., which will allow the retailer to keeps its shelves stocked and ramp up sanitizing efforts.
  • The company has also increased paid time off (PTO) for its hourly workers. Hourly full-time associates will receive an additional 80 hours of PTO, hourly part-time associates an additional 40 hours, and for hourly workers over the age of 65, an additional 160 hours will be given to full-time employees and an additional 80 to part-time employees.
  • The company has also said that any worker diagnosed with COVID-19 and anyone directed to self-quarantine will be paid during that period.

American Airlines plans to apply for coronavirus aid, offers partial pay for employee leave

  • American Airlines on Monday said it will apply for government aid to soften the blow from a record drop in travel demand. The carrier is also offering partial pay to entice workers off its payroll.
  • The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline said it expects about $12 billion of the $50 billion set aside for airlines in a sweeping coronavirus relief bill Congress passed last week.
  • The aid includes $25 billion in grants for passenger airlines in exchange for not furloughing or cutting the pay rates of their employees through Sept. 30. The other half is in loans.
  • American is also making voluntary leaves of absence and early retirements partially paid, an attempt to get more workers to sign up. American and other carriers had been offering voluntary unpaid leave to try to lower costs.
  • Mainline American employees, except for pilots, could receive 25% of their pay for leaves of up to 12 months. They would continue to receive medical benefits. Employees who have been with American for 10 years can receive half of their pay for 12 months. 

Fiat Chrysler temporarily cuts pay by 20% for salaried workers

  • Fiat Chrysler will temporarily defer the salaries of its white-collar workers by 20% for the next three months as the automaker attempts to save cash to weather the coronavirus crisis.
  • The pay cuts, according to a Monday letter from CEO Mike Manley obtained by CNBC, will begin Wednesday. Manley also will take a 50% cut in his salary and members of the Group Executive Council (GEC), the company's highest executive decision-making body, will all take 30% salary cuts, according to the letter.
  • Fiat Chrysler Chairman John Elkann and the rest of the automaker's board also have unanimously agreed to forgo their remaining 2020 compensation.
  • The salary cuts for the white-collar workers are expected to be repaid no later than March 15 of next year. They are expected to impact most of the automaker's salaried workforce globally.

Gap to furlough most store employees, cut corporate jobs

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  • Gap announced that it will furlough most of its store employees.
  • The plan will affect nearly 80,000 out of 129,000 employees across all brands, including Banana Republic and Old Navy. The furloughed workers will continue to collect health benefits.
  • According to a press release, the retailer has also announced that it will reduce headcount across its corporate functions around the world.
  • In addition, the entire Gap leadership team along with the Board of Directors will take a temporary reduction in pay.

Yum Brands CEO to forgo 2020 salary to fund general manager bonuses

  • Yum Brands said Monday that CEO David Gibbs will forgo the rest of his base salary in 2020 to fund one-time $1,000 bonuses to the company's nearly 1,200 restaurant general managers across KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill. 
  • His salary will also help fund the Yum Brands Foundation Global Employee Medical Relief Fund, according to a regulatory filing. The fund will provide financial hardship grants to those directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including company and franchise restaurant employees. Yum plans to also accept donations to the fund.
  • Gibbs stood to make $900,000 from his salary this year, excluding any performance-based bonuses.

La-Z-Boy furloughs workers, cuts management and salaried worker pay

  • La-Z-Boy furloughed 6,800 workers.
  • The furniture maker also cut the pay of senior management by 50%, and of salaried workers by 25%.
  • La-Z-Boy announced that it also eliminated its June dividend and stopped its share repurchase program indefinitely.

Cheesecake Factory furloughs 41,000 hourly employees, cuts corporate employee pay by 10% to 20%

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  • The restaurant chain is furloughing about 41,000 hourly workers and cutting pay for corporate employees by 10% to 20% as it struggles to pay rent and continues negotiations with various landlords about its obligations.
  • Longtime chairman and CEO David Overton wrote in a letter to landlords, "Due to these extraordinary events, I am asking for your patience, and frankly, your help."

SoftBank-backed Getaround lays off 100 U.S.-based employees

  • Getaround, the struggling car rental start-up backed by SoftBank, has said it will lay off about 100 U.S.-based employees due to a sharpening decline in consumer mobility.
  • The cuts are the second round of layoffs at the company this year, resulting in a workforce of about half what it was in January.

Tesla cuts 75% of on-site staff at Nevada factory

  • The U.S. electric carmaker plans to slash its on-site workforce in Nevada by around 75%, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The factory produces electric motors and battery packs for Tesla's Model 3 sedans.
  • According to Reuters, Tesla said last week it would temporarily suspend production at its vehicle factory in San Francisco beginning March 23, as well as at its New York solar roof-tile factory.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will reopen the New York plant "as soon as humanly possible" to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients.

AMC Entertainment furloughs CEO Adam Aron, all corporate employees

"Theater Closed" signs are posted in front of the AMC Montebello, as the US chain of AMC movie theaters closes for 6 to 12 weeks, On March 17, 2020 in Montebello, California, as the coronavirus (covid-19) epidemic leads to restaurant and school closures and workers working from home in an effort to encourage social distancing.
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  • AMC Entertainment, the world's largest theater operator, says it has furloughed CEO Adam Aron and all corporate employees at the company's headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, in an effort to stay afloat amid the ongoing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Last week AMC shuttered its 1,000 locations around the world to help prevent the ongoing spread of the virus.
  • A company spokesperson said that AMC's furlough will extend for the "hopefully short period of time" that all of its theaters are closed, during which employees will retain health benefits.
  • The company says that the decision was "absolutely necessary" in order to ensure AMC can reopen alongside other businesses when the public health crisis dissipates.

Andreessen Horowitz-backed start-up Wonderschool lays off 75% of staff via Zoom

  • Wonderschool, a childcare start-up backed by legendary VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, says it has laid of 75% of its staff, or about 50 people, via a Zoom call. These layoffs follow a 25% cut to the start-up's workforce this past November.
  • The San Francisco-based company cited the impact of shelter-in-place orders on its business, adding that the coronavirus pandemic could also freeze any funding opportunities for two years.
  • Private market funding is already down more than 16% compared to last quarter, according to research from CB Insights.

StubHub furloughs as much as two-thirds of its workforce

  • Following the postponements and cancellations of hundreds of sporting events and concerts, the ticketing giant has become one of the first to make significant cuts to its workforce as the live entertainment industry continues to take a hit.
  • According to ESPN, StubHub would not provide specifics on the number of people furloughed, but an internal email cites that the company "furloughed as much as 67% of their workforce," which leaves less than 150 staffers who will remain on payroll until "at least June" as many continue assessing the fallout from the virus. 

BuzzFeed slashes employee pay, CEO foregoes salary

  • According to the Daily Beast, the media company announced a graduated salary reduction for the majority of employees, some of whom will see a nearly 25% pay cut.
  • Staffers that make under $65,000 annually would experience a 5% pay reduction; staffers making between $65,000 and $99,000 annually would experience a 7% pay reduction. Other staff would take a pay reduction of nearly 10%, while executives could see between a 14% and 25% pay reduction.
  • CEO Jonah Peretti also confirmed that he will forego his salary as a result of the coronavirus, which has hit publishers hard as advertising revenue declines.

What the coronavirus bill means for unemployment benefits, gig workers

  • A coronavirus relief bill unveiled Tuesday would significantly expand unemployment benefits for Americans who lose their jobs due to the country's recent economic contagion. 
  • The measure would beef up the nation's unemployment insurance program, a state-administered program that provides temporary income support for out-of-work Americans. Final language could change before the bill's scheduled release later today, though experts don't expect it will relative to unemployment.
  • Under the legislation, unemployed workers would both collect bigger unemployment checks — which could, in some cases, even exceed their typical wages — and receive those payments over a longer period of time.
  • The legislation would also extend benefits to a broader pool of people, like gig workers and freelancers.

Starbucks CEO says the company is committed to paying its workforce for the next 30 days

Kevin Johnson, CEO, Starbucks
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  • Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" that the coffee giant will continue paying its workforce for the next 30 days as "stay-at-home" orders remain in effect for many around the world, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The company has reopened over 95% of stores in China, including sites in Wuhan and the Hubei province, which CNBC's Jim Cramer points to as evidence that the coronavirus outbreak has indeed slowed in China.
  • Starbucks employs 191,000 people in the U.S., approximately 183,000 of which work in company-operated stores and another 8,000 of which work in support facilities, store development facilities, and roasting, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations.

SoftBank-backed real estate start-up Compass lays off 15% of staff

  • Compass, the SoftBank-backed real estate brokerage start-up, has laid off 15% of its staff as a result of the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The layoffs are being accompanied by an 80% reduction to its concierge unit, which is a contracted suit of home improvement service providers.
  • Founder and CEO Robert Reffkin said that the company has seen a 60% decline in real estate showings and projects a 50% decline in revenue over the next six months. Reffkin also said that he will be foregoing his own salary and cutting the salaries of his executive team by 25%.
  • The company has said that laid off employees will be given "enhanced severance and COBRA health insurance." Additionally, the company will offer assistance to those now job-seeking employees, in the form of various training and networking tools.

Mondelēz International raises hourly wages and offers bonus to workers

  • Food maker, Mondelez says it will increase hourly wages by $2 and will pay $125 weekly bonus for sales representatives from today through May 2nd.
  • These benefits will go to the more than 10,000 workers who are making, selling and distributing products to retail partners across the country.
  • The company also said in a press release that any impacted U.S.-based employees will receive up to two additional weeks of paid leave at 100% of pay.
  • Mondelez also announced that it will hire 1,000 workers to deal with a surge in demand for food and household products. The company encourages individuals who may been displaced by the closing of other businesses to apply for the positions.

Instacart plans to hire 300,000 contract workers as delivery demand mounts

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  • On-demand grocery delivery company Instacart announced that it is looking to hire 300,000 "full-service shoppers" over the next three months to keep up with the demand from consumers in at-home quarantine — double its current workforce of 140,000 contract workers and 12,000 in-store shoppers.
  • Instacart has said it will provide paid sick leave to workers diagnosed with coronavirus or in mandated self-quarantine, as concerns regarding the ongoing health and safety of delivery and gig workers continue to mount.
  • According to CNN Business, the company also recently announced that customer ratings would not impact the access that contracted shoppers have to future order requests during the pandemic. This follows reports that some Instacart workers were receiving an influx of low ratings from customers due to factors outside their control as a result of the ongoing public health crisis. 

BJ's Wholesale Club increases wages and bonuses for frontline team members

  • BJ's Wholesale Club announced that it will be increasing wages and bonuses for "frontline team members" at their 218 clubs across the country.
  • All hourly team members in the company's clubs, distribution centers and home office will earn an additional $2 per hour beginning March 23 through at least April 12.
  • At the end of March, the company also says that its "managers and key personnel" in the clubs and distribution centers will receive a onetime bonus ranging from $500 to $1,000.
  • BJ's previously issued an emergency paidleave policy to support team members in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which included "pay for up to 14 days when under mandated quarantine" and "pay through a mix of accrued sick time and company paid time if a team member tests positive for coronavirus and needs to self-quarantine."

Netflix pledges $100 million to out-of-work production crews and cast members

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  • Netflix recently announced that it has set up a $100 million relief fund for cast and crew members working on studio productions that have been halted by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Aside from providing relief to its own productions, Netflix also said that $15 million will go to "third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where we have a large production base."
  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company has pledged $1 million of that to the SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the U.S., and another $1 million between the AFC and Fondation des Artistes.

CVS Health looking to fill 50,000 jobs to meet demand

  • CVS said it needs more store associates, home-delivery drivers, distribution center employees and customer service professionals.
  • The company will use virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and tech-enabled job tryouts to find the right candidates.
  • It said it expects to fill many of the jobs with CVS clients, such as Hilton and Marriott, that have furloughed workers. 

3M Chairman and CEO Mike Roman on company's pandemic response: 

In a March 22 LinkedIn post, Roman writes:

  • As I write this, more than 500,000 respirators are on the way from our South Dakota plant to two of the more critically impacted areas, New York and Seattle, with arrivals expected starting tomorrow.
  • We are working with the U.S. and other governments, investigating alternate manufacturing scenarios, and exploring coalitions with other companies to increase capacity further.
  • 3M has a unique and critical responsibility in pandemic preparedness and response — a responsibility I and all our people take very seriously. Our most urgent priority is the safety of our employees, health-care workers and the public.
  • 3M is working proactively and is well-prepared to protect our employees, maintain business continuity and sustain our operations. Our crisis response team — which I am a member of — is overseeing all aspects of our strategies, and we are collaborating with our business partners across industries to prepare for any and all scenarios that may unfold.
  • Finally, I'd like to publicly share a sentiment to all 96,000 3Mers around the world: I am tremendously proud of you and the work you continue to do every day. This includes the 50,000 people who, in these most challenging circumstances, come to work in our plants and distribution centers to support making and delivering the products that are critical in this fight.
  • Across all our sites, we have established robust protocols for safety, cleaning and medical screening, and we are working closely with local communities and health authorities to ensure safe workplace environments. We also continue to support employees impacted by COVID-19, which includes a new pandemic leave policy in the United States.

FedEx CEO says he is not expecting to seek federal aid or resort to layoffs

Frederick Smith, CEO of FedEx.
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  • FedEx CEO Fred Smith said he doubts the company will be seeking any federal aid since business has increased amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The company is also not expecting any layoffs, Smith said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
  • FedEx, one of the largest shipping and logistics companies in the country, has seen delivery service demand surge as more Americans are shut in at home.
  • Smith said there are "massive efforts" under way in facilities to socially distance employees and provide supplies like gloves and antiseptic swabs."We're doing absolutely everything we can, cleaning our facilities prolifically," he said.

95% of the nation's casinos are closed

  • 443 (95%) of the country's commercial casinos, plus an additional 8 in 10 (83%) of the country's 524 tribal casinos have closed.
  • Nearly 662,000 casino gaming and resort employees, or 98% of the total U.S. casino workforce, are prevented from working.
  • Casino closures risk nearly $74 billion in total wages annually for workers and their families.
  • Casino gaming is vital to local small businesses, delivering $52 billion annually in small business revenue, including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale firms.

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson announces major salary and hiring changes to curb the damage done by the outbreak

  • On a March 19 Marriott conference call, CEO Arne Sorenson announced that the company would be halting share buybacks and suspending its cash dividend, in addition to suspending Sorenson's salary for the balance of 2020.
  • The company also announced that it will be reducing salaries for the senior executive team by 50% and hiring only "essential positions."
  • This follows previous reporting that the world's largest hotel operator would be forced to furlough thousands of employees without pay due to the coronavirus fallout.

Domino's expects to hire 10,000 workers amid coronavirus delivery surge

  • Domino's Pizza expects to hire about 10,000 workers nationwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The company is looking for delivery drivers, pizza chefs, customer service representatives, managers and licensed truck drivers for its supply chain centers. The need will vary based on individual stores.
  • The pizza chain has introduced contactless delivery in the U.S. to respond to the epidemic. Delivery accounts for about 55% of its total orders.
  • The National Restaurant Association is asking the federal government for financial relief for the industry as it forecasts sales declines of $225 billion over the next three months.
  • On March 19, Papa John's President & CEO Rob Lynch joined CNBC's "The Exchange," where he said the company is also "hiring bigtime" as they lean into their delivery business and expand their workforce to meet demand.

MLB teams pledge $30 million to cover lost wages of ballpark workers affected by season postponement 

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  • All 30 Major League Baseball teams collectively have pledged $30 million to help cover the lost wages of ballpark workers furloughed due to the season postponement amid COVID-19 concerns. 
  • With Opening Day originally set for March 26, MLB teams had already established their game-day staff, like concession workers and ticket takers, when the league announced March 12 it would suspend baseball operations indefinitely.
  • "Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
  • Now with Opening Day pushed back to mid-May at its earliest, the MLB is continuing negotiations with the Players Association to determine payment to players.

Hotel industry projects 3.9 million industry jobs lost this year

  • According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting 33,000 small business owners across the lodging industry who operate 66% of hotel properties.
  • The economic harm is already more severe than 9/11 and the Great Recession combined, AHLA President and CEO Chris Rogers said in a press release.
  • Hotel CEOs met with White House officials on Tuesday to discuss the impact and critical goals: retaining and rehiring employees and avoiding hotel closures through increased liquidity and small business loans.
  • Jon Bortz, Board Chair, AHLA and Chairman & CEO, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, said by the end of the month it expects another 2,000 employees will also be let go, representing over three quarters of its employees. 

Honda temporarily suspends production due to anticipated decline in market demand

  • Honda will suspend production for six days beginning March 23. In those six days, the auto manufacturer will reduce production by approximately 40,000 vehicles.
  • During this time, Honda will continue full pay for its approximate 27,600 North American associates who are affected by the temporary suspension of production.
  • The affected auto plants include two in Ohio, one in Indiana and one in Alabama.

American Airlines extends voluntary unpaid leave options

  • American Airlines is offering most of its union workers unpaid, voluntary leave for up to a year as COVID-19 coronavirus saps demand. 
  • Unpaid leave will allow employees to continue to receive medical and other health benefits as long as they pay at the same rate as other employees. It also allows employees to accrue seniority but not vacation or sick leave.
  • Reservations agents are not being offered unpaid leave "because their workload is already so high," the company said.
  • The airline is also offering retirement packages to people who have been with the company 15 years or more. 

Amazon to hire 100,000 workers for delivery, warehouses

  • Amazon said Monday it plans to hire an additional 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers amid a surge in online orders due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The company is also raising pay for warehouse and delivery workers by $2 per hour in the U.S.  
  • Amazon encouraged employees in other industries whose jobs were "lost or furloughed" as a result of the coronavirus to apply, including members of the hospitality, restaurant and travel industries. 

UAW, US automakers to enhance protections for workers

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  • The United Auto Workers (UAW), General Motors Co., Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are forming a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.
  • Actions include enhanced visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points, and implementing safety protocols for people with potential exposure, as well as those who exhibit flu-like symptoms.
  • The joint task force’s areas of focus will include vehicle production plans, additional social distancing, break and cleaning schedules, health and safety education, health screening, food service and any other areas that have the potential to improve protections for employees.

Under Armour closing all North American stores

  • Athletic apparel retailer Under Armour will close all stores in North America from March 16 through March 28.
  • Company says all employees will receive pay during this time.
  • Under Armour employs over 16,000 employees and has 153 retail stores.

Nike closing many stores globally, changing corporate work policies

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  • Nike announced all stores across the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will close from Monday March 16 through March 27 to curb the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Workers will be paid in full during the closure.
  • Nike also announced remote work and staggered work schedules for non-store employees. 

Disney halts production for some live-action films

  • Disney is halting the production of some of its live-action films as concerns over the growing coronavirus pandemic worsen.
  • No confirmed COVID-19 cases confirmed on productions, but Disney decided to halt production in "best interests of our cast and crew."
  • It is unclear how many employees will be impacted by this decision.

Salaried workers at Ford, GM instructed to stay home

  • Ford and General Motors have instructed employees who can work from home to do so beginning Monday due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • This policy impacts primarily salaried workers. Ford employs 190,000 people globally, including 66,800 salaried employees. GM employs about 168,000 people, including 70,000 salaried employees.
  • The new guidelines apply globally, excluding China, but do not include factory workers or those who must physically be present to do their duties.

Walmart to deploy emergency leave program

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  • Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, is deploying an emergency employee leave program.
  • The retailer is waiving attendance policy through the end of April.
  • If an individual associate is mandated by government or company to quarantine, or becomes ill with a confirmed case of the coronavirus, the associate will receive two weeks pay.
  • If an associate is unable to return to work after those two weeks, additional pay replacement may be available for up to 26 weeks for both full- and part-time hourly associates.