Tyson Foods to Pay Workers $500 Bonus

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Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said it would pay about $60 million in bonuses to 116,000 truckers and employees as a “thank you” for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each eligible employee will receive $500 the first week of July.

“We’re proud of how our team members have stepped up during this challenging time to make sure we continue fulfilling our critical mission of feeding people across America,” Tyson Foods CEO Noel White said in a news release. “Our team members are leading the charge to continue providing food to the nation. The bonuses are another way we can say ‘thank you’ for their efforts.”

The publicly traded meat processor also announced it was restricting its facilities to visitors and are using a temporal thermometer to test employees before they enter company property. The company said it expects to receive infrared scanners for temperature checks after a successful trial run.

Tyson relaxed its attendance policy to allow employees who are sick or have childcare issues to stay at home.

The company announced it will waive the five-day waiting period for short-term disability benefits so employees sick with the flu or COVID-19 can receive immediate pay. Tyson has also waived co-pay, co-insurance and deductible payments for doctors’ visits related to COVID-19.

Tyson has also waived telemedicine co-pays and 30-day prescription restrictions for maintenance medicines.