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Trader Joe’s Doubles Employee Pandemic Pay To $4 Per Hour

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Nati Harnik
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Associated Press
Customers observe social distancing as they wait to be allowed to shop at a Trader Joe's supermarket in Omaha, Neb.

Trader Joe’s, which has local supermarkets in Mandarin and Jacksonville Beach, has upped its temporary pandemic-related pay increase to $4 an hour for all frontline employees. That’s on top of employees’ regular earnings.

The increase went into effect February 1.

Trader Joe’s has also been providing up to an additional two weeks of paid sick leave to employees who have any symptom of illness.

“During this time, we have offered Crew Members a few additional ways to qualify for and maintain health insurance.  We want Crew Members to have the opportunity to take extended time off without repercussions to their benefits,” the grocer said in a news release.

Like other area and nationwide grocers, Trader Joe’s has put a host of measures to in place at its store in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory face coverings, personal protective equipment for employees and employee wellness checks.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.