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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell said it would pay a $500 bonus for drivers and field personnel for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All of our employees have gone above and beyond the call to action during this crisis; 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,” J.B. Hunt CEO John Roberts said. “They have kept pace with the evolving supply chain needs of our customers in the face of great uncertainty. These bonuses serve as a token of our appreciation for their service and hard work during these unprecedented times.”
The company said the one-time bonus would be paid Friday to eligible drivers, field employees and managers at terminals, intermodal ramps, maintenance facilities, as well as distribution centers for Final Mile deliveries. A news release did not specify how many employees were expected to receive the bonus. J.B. Hunt has also established a paid time-off policy for employees who are unable to work because of illness or quarantine.
Earlier this month, the company told employees to work from home until April 3 if being on-site wasn’t required for their job. J.B. Hunt said it provides employees with gloves and hand sanitizer at work.
“The safety and health of all J.B. Hunt employees and their families are of the utmost importance to us,” Roberts said. “We are very grateful for their dedication to ensure critical supplies reach their destination in these challenging times.”