North American supply chain company, JB Hunt Transport, recently announced it would provide a one-time bonus of $500 USD for drivers and personnel at field operations and customer facilities supporting the drivers who have kept the country's freight moving during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“All of our employees have gone above and beyond the call to action during this crisis,” said JB Hunt President and CEO, John Roberts.
“And nearly all of our field-level, front-line employees and certainly all of our drivers are required in person and have
upheld the high standards of our company.
“They have kept pace with the evolving supply chain needs of our customers in the face of great uncertainty,” he said. “These bonuses serve as a token of our appreciation for their service and hard work during these unprecedented times.”
The bonus will be available to eligible employee drivers, as well as field employees and managers in terminals, intermodal ramps, maintenance shops, Dedicated Contract Service account locations, and Final Mile distribution centers who directly support drivers. The bonus was paid on 27 March.
JB Hunt has taken several precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Last month the company issued a directive to work from home until at least 3 April 2020, for employees whose on-site presence was not required to perform their work.
JB Hunt has also established internal protocols around travel restrictions, self-quarantining, social distancing and other safety precautions.
The company is providing employees with hand sanitiser and gloves and established an emergency COVID-19 paid time off policy for employees who are unable to work due to the illness or quarantine.
“The safety and health of all JB Hunt employees and their families are of the utmost importance to us,” said Roberts. “We are very grateful for their dedication to ensure critical supplies reach their destination in these challenging times.”