As the nation deals with the coronavirus outbreak, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in the U.S., is giving its drivers and support personnel a one-time $500 bonus. The bonus will go out on March 27, according to a press release from the Arkansas-based firm.
J.B. Hunt President and CEO John Roberts said, “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. They have kept pace with the evolving supply chain needs of our customers in the face of great uncertainty.”
Drivers, field employees, and managers in terminals and other supply centers are eligible for the bonus. Not only is J.B. Hunt offering its employees added compensation in the midst of this difficult situation, but they have also been taking numerous precautions to ensure the health and safety of their workers. While some employees are working from home the company is providing hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks to those who are in the field.
The company has also established a paid leave program for those who cannot work because of the virus or who are in quarantine. “The safety and health of all J.B. Hunt employees and their families are of the utmost importance to us. We are very grateful for their dedication to ensure critical supplies reach their destination in these challenging times,” Roberts said.