Fareway to give bonuses, additional PTO to employees

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Posted at 7:26 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 20:26:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An area grocery store will give bonuses and addition paid-time off to employees working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Iowa-based Fareway announced its Fareway Family Frontline Plan on Wednesday in a news release.

Employees under 18 years old will receive a “one-time cash bonus,” according to the release, while part-time hourly employees older than 18 will get 20 hours of PTO. Full-time hourly employees will receive 40 additional PTO hours. Assistant managers and “warehouse foremen” are expected to gain 47 PTO hours.

“This additional paid leave can be used for time-off, or if the employee chooses, as a cash payment,” the release stated. “The bonuses range up to $1,200 per employee, with a total investment of several million dollars to approximately 8,500 frontline employees.”

Fareway President and CEO Reynolds W. Cramer said in the release that Fareway’s employees “have worked tirelessly” in recent weeks.

“Our part-time and full-time store employees, office support, warehouse personnel, and transportation department have risen to the challenge,” Cramer said. “Whether it’s additional cash in their pocket, or paid time-off to be with family or friends, we want to reward these hourly employees for their hard work and willingness to fulfill the new expectations of our customers now and into the future.”

The bonuses will be distributed to qualifying hourly employees April 3.

Fareway recently opened in the Kansas City metro in the former McGonigle’s Market.

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