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In another installment regarding workers’ wages during the new coronavirus pandemic, Kroger says he overpaid “a small number of associates”, asked for reimbursement and has now decided to let the employees keep the extra money.
Kroger officials would not say how many workers were paid or where they worked, but said the employees were paid associates to stay home after they became ill with symptoms of coronavirus, tested positive for COVID-19 virus or otherwise quarantined.
“We have asked our payroll department to directly notify the small number of associates affected by recent overpayments of emergency vacation pay that we will not be requesting reimbursement,” a spokesperson said on Tuesday. word of Kroger.
The flip-flop comes amid outrage on social media after posting images of a few hard-hitting collection letters that were sent to the employees in question – probably to some very sick or very concerned about their health at the time.
“Failure to repay the overpayment could result in further collection efforts,” is bolded in a letter on Kroger stationery.
Kroger’s officials didn’t exactly apologize, but when pressed by The Enquirer, they admitted the latest incident was “an unfortunate accounting error” and reiterated that they would not be asking for a refund.
All of this is happening against a backdrop of growing tension with Kroger’s union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (TUAC), over the precarious status of the risk premium.
Like many retailers, Kroger praised his employees, calling them “heroes” for braving greater risks of viral exposure by continuing to serve customers during a pandemic.
In addition to the Kroger stores, the grocer operates several regional supermarket chains in 35 states, including Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Ralphs, Mariano’s, Fry’s, Smith’s, King Soopers, QFC and others. The company has nearly 2,800 stores and employs 540,000 people.
Nationally, UFCW International estimates show that at least 65 grocers have died in Kroger and other retailers, and at least 9,810 have been infected or exposed to the deadly virus.
Last week, Kroger ended a bonus compensation program called “hero pay”, but on Friday, it unveiled a new bonus bonus called “Thank You Pay” that will last until June.
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