Amazon said it would spend more than $500 million on one-time bonuses for its front-line employees in the United States who are working during 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 be rewarded $300, while those in part-time roles will receive $150.
Some other 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.
An earlier round of one-time bonuses took place in June. Amazon spent $500 million in one-time payments to front-line employees and partners.
Regardless of the intense scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the coronavirus, these bonuses have been helpful for so many.