An employee scans packages at Amazon's JFK8 distribution center in Staten Island, New York. File/Reuters
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A lot of families will be spending a Blue Christmas this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has crimped sources of income and family expenses in countless households. So this whopping Christmas gift must have come like a breath of fresh air, a huge relief, specially for working in the advance guard of medical care.
Amazon.com Inc said it would spend more than $500 million on one-time bonuses for its front-line employees in the United States who are working the holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full-time operations staff in the United States who are employed by Amazon from Dec.1 to Dec.31 will receive a bonus of $300, while those in part-time roles will get $150, the online retailer said in a blog post.
Several retailers, including Walmart Inc and Home Depot Inc, have spent millions in bonuses to compensate staff for catering to a surge in online shopping during the pandemic.
In an earlier round of one-time bonuses in June, Amazon spent $500 million in one-time payments to front-line employees and partners.
The world’s largest online retailer has been facing intense scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the coronavirus.
The formal investigation opens a new chapter in the European Union's campaign to address the dominance of US tech firms with Google, Facebook and Apple also regular targets of regulators in Brussels.
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” So began the momentous
This Christmas Studio M Arabian Plaza Hotel & Hotel Apartment has taken a page out of its sustainability book and has built an eco-friendly Christmas tree. This chic urban hotel has diligently maintained its oath to sustainability and built a Christmas tree out of over 1200 used water bottles.
Brent crude futures climbed 19 cents, or 0.3%, to $56.10 a barrel while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 20 cents, or 0.4%, to $52.81 a barrel.
Spot gold was down 0.1% to $1,849.16 per ounce while US gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,847.50.
The UAE has succeeded in providing all public and private services, which greatly contributed to mitigating the expected impact of the pandemic on the real estate sector, thanks to the proactive measures of the government, says Binghatti.